YORK City Knights Ladies RLFC coach Daryl North admitted that a win at fellow Women’s Super League strugglers Bradford Bulls tomorrow would be a big and necessary boost for his side.

The Knights Ladies, who made the step up from the Merit League at the start of this season, have endured a difficult start to life in the top tier, falling to heavy defeats against St Helens and Castleford Tigers without reply.

However, tomorrow’s opponents have also had a rough ride this year, losing all three of their games – stark contrast with last season’s title-winning campaign in which they took six victories from six.

And North reckons two points tomorrow would give his troops the heart they need to progress in the division, with Bulls maybe the ideal place for it.

He said: “The girls need the win, more than anything. The step up to the Super League is a big ask and two heavy losses haven’t been good for their confidence.

“A win is the best thing that could happen and Odsal would be a good place to do it. It would be massive, and we would only be able to kick on and get better as a team.

“To be honest, Bradford are struggling as much as we are. They’ve lost a few players since winning the league last year.

“It’s a good test for us to see where we are and where we need to be.

“We’re definitely still enjoying the Super League. Like I keep telling the girls, at the end of the day, it’s a big step up, playing against the best ladies in the country.

“Most teams we play now have at least four or five who have played internationally.

“Every game we play now is a learning curve where we see what we’re not so good at or fast at and it’s the only way to get better.

“It’s a very young team at the moment and an inexperienced one. There’s a lot to learn, but when they do, they’ll be a very good team.”