PROMOTER Danny Ford was pleased to have “stuck firm” and kept faith with the same one-to-seven Pirates started the year with.
The Wimborne Road outfit find themselves in three finals this season, starting with tomorrow’s Championship Knockout Cup first leg at Redcar (7.30pm).
Only Glasgow and Edinburgh are the two other Championship teams to have retained their original one-to-sevens, with Ford pleased to have resisted the temptation to alter his side.
He told the Daily Echo: “Even when we had that mid-season blip, a lot of people were calling for changes to the team. We stuck firm.
“You can quite often give into the pressure from the fanbase when they want changes.
“It can kind of sometimes be too quick to make changes when things aren’t going your way, but we stuck to our belief that this team would come good.
“It’s happening at the right time now and we are in great form. Form is everything in sport and if you can get that momentum going to these finals, which we seem to have got, hopefully that stands us in good stead.
“We are under no illusions – we’ve got three very difficult finals still to come.”
Redcar finished fifth in the league table this season, while overcoming Oxford, Berwick and Edinburgh to reach the cup final.
Looking ahead to the meeting as a whole, Ford told Pirates website: “Without a doubt, confidence plays a huge factor in getting results and the performances that we have been stringing together of late just serves to build those confidence levels so yes, the team are feeling good about the task in hand.
“But they are also all savvy enough to know that Redcar will be a strong obstacle in our way towards completing our season's goals.
"They have proved particularly strong at producing comebacks, especially on their home shale, so we will have to be 100 per cent focused on Friday.
“It is not going to be easy but the Pirate boys feed on that and I think this should be a good meeting."