SCOTT RHODES is demanding his York Acorn ARLC side stop the rot as they return to action - to avert any relegation danger.

Four straight losses have seen the depleted Blue and Golds slip down the National Conference League division one table, still needing a point from their last three games to be sure of avoiding the trap door.

They entertain one of the teams in the bottom three, Dewsbury Celtic, on Saturday (2.30pm), and then come two other teams in danger, Eccles and Saddleworth Rangers.

“On paper this should be a win, but we’re struggling for a team again,” said Rhodes.

“Players are unavailable for one reason or another. Over the last three of four weeks we’ve used something like 30 to 35 players so we’re struggling to get a balanced side or any consistency.

“We’ve lost four on the trot. Some could have gone for us - you’re in the game but all of a sudden, boom, you’re out of it. We haven’t won enough of those games all season.

“Hopefully we’ll start winning again. All three games are winnable and if we win them we’re in a respectable position. Lose them and we’re near the bottom. If we don’t win them we’ll be under-achieving, despite the number of young players we have.”

Heworth go into their last game of the division three campaign seeking a third straight win to offer hope of a play-off spot.

The Villagers visit Eastmoor, whom they defeated at Elmpark Way in May, knowing victory could lift them to sixth - the last play-off berth - although, with teams around them having games in hand, they would also need other results to go their way