SHAW CROSS SHARKS are hopeful that Paul March will remain at the helm beyond this season.
The former Huddersfield and Wakefield player has been in charge of the first team at Shaw Cross since Zach Johnson’s departure last month.
And while nothing formal has been agreed, club chairman Brett Turner is happy with the work March has done during his short time in charge.
“March is happy to do what the club wants and we’re happy with him in place,” said Turner.
“The lads are happy and playing with a smile on their faces despite results.
“Nothing formal is agreed or anything but I’d like to think that he’ll stay and I hope that if he does, that he’ll commit to medium or long term, so that he can build something.
“He’s already shown an interest in the Under-18s and had them training with the open age lads.
“And he has also mentioned that he’d like to get the Under-16s training with them once a month, so I think he is thinking the same way we are.”
It has now been six games since the Sharks last tasted victory in the NCL after their latest defeat.
And although Shaw Cross now sit rock bottom of Division One, Turner believes that results will come sooner rather than later.
He added: “It’s a tough league and we’re down on personnel.
“But the lads that are playing are giving a good account of themselves and they’re enjoying it, which is the main thing.”
Shaw Cross took a 10th-minute lead on Saturday afternoon as Ryan Chalkley went between the posts.
The visitors responded as Craig Ashall went over for the first of his two tries five minutes before the break.
Three tries in eight minutes in the second half from Adam Thompson, Jimmy Tunstall and Darryl Kay gave Miners a 20-6 lead.
The away side increased their lead with Ashall’s second before Sam Ottewell responded for the Sharks.
Jake Lloyd sealed victory five minutes from time.
Ottewell scored his second late on but it wasn’t enough as Shaw Cross slipped to their sixth-straight defeat.