Craig Johnson and the Dubbo Lions will be hoping for an improved showing at Bathurst on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKE Andrew Murrell and the Dubbo Lions will be determined to turn their seasona round at Bathurst on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

THE Dubbo Lions have had little to cheer about so far in 2016 and on Saturday they face another challenge when they make the trip to Bathurst.

Following last week’s 5-2 loss to the Orange Wanderers the Lions meet second-placed St Pat’s.

The Bathurst side have been in fine form this season, losing just two of eight matches so far, and the only thing keeping them from the top of the ladder is the fact they lost four points due to playing an unregistered player.

The Lions were also dealt that punishment and it put them on the bottom of the ladder, somewhere they remain.

Despite being winless, their one win in the opening round was stripped as punishment, there have been positive signs for the Dubbo side.

On Saturday they will be desperate to show improvement again as they look to make up for the embarrassment of last time they met St Pat’s.

The Bathurst side dominated that match back in mid-April, winning 12-0 and coach Graeme Waters will be determined to avoid that kind of score this time out.

Matt Waters and Stuart McKenzie will again be key after finding themselves on the scoresheet numerous times this season.

The action at Bathurst gets underway at 1.35pm.

Elsewhere, Orange Wanderers are looking to build on last week’s win over the Lions when they take on Lithgow Zig Zag.

The Wanderers won comfortably last week and now face two crunch games.

Player-coach Matt Johnson said wins in the next two matches will keep them within reach of the top two on the ladder.

Despite dominating the game against Dubbo, Johnson wants to see his side still play better against Zig Zag.

“They’ve been flying under the radar a bit,” Johnson said of the Lithgow team.

“We’re going back to our basics. Our passing and trapping probably wasn’t up to scratch against Dubbo, if we can execute our basics the rest should take of itself.”

In the women’s PLH, the Dubbo Blue Jays enjoy the bye.

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