IT has been a funny old season for Crosfields, but things could finally be heading in the right direction at Hood Lane.

Their campaign looked to be fizzling out into obscurity until the past fortnight, which has seen them pull off two notable results.

The past league two games have seen them beat National Conference League Division Two leaders Ince Rose Bridge and second-place Wigan St Judes to boost their hopes of making the play-offs.

Wednesday evening also saw them thrash neighbours Latchford Albion 42-6 to book a Warrington Cup final date with Woolston Rovers.

Soap currently sit eighth and trail sixth-place Bradford Dudley Hill in the final play-off spot by three points having played a game less.

Head coach Ian Boden credits the formation of a new backroom team, which includes former Soap teammates Chris Hull, Ash Cornelia and Phil Brazendale, with sparking the team’s mini-revival.

“We’ve all played together and each of us knows how the other works,” he told the Guardian.

“We had a week off due to a cancellation, which probably came at the right time for us.

“It meant we had chance to rest and put some wrongs right in training.

“We understand the play-offs are a big ask with the up-and-down season we’ve been having, but let’s hope that these two wins can be what kickstarts our season.

“If we can get some form and wins under our belt with a bit of consistency, we can climb the ladder and finish the season in a respectable position.”

Ince Rose Bridge had won all six of their home games in 2019 before Soap came away with a 25-6 victory on June 15.

They showed that display was not a one-off by seeing off Wigan St Judes – who arrived at Hood Lane as Ince’s nearest challengers – 38-22 on Saturday.

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“Ince was our best performance for a while,” Boden said.

“It was our grit and determination to dig deep and work hard for each other which set the catalyst for the rest of the game.

“Defensively we were outstanding on the day and as the old saying goes, defence wins games. To keep them to one score was an outstanding effort.

“One good game is never great unless you back that performance up – too many times this season we’ve performed well in games and not backed it up the following week.

“We built pressure, played the game in the right areas and forced mistakes out of St Jude’s to hopefully keep us on the path to a play-off place.”

Saturday sees the club host its annual Armed Forces Day festival, which includes a Crosfields select side taking on The Army rugby league team.

Boden said: “I hope everyone will come and support a fantastic day and show their support to our former and current servicemen and women.”