SKIPPER Keith Roscoe admits his side's season is about performances and not points as Rawtenstall target their first win of the Lancashire League season tomorrow.
Roscoe's men are bottom of the pile with just three points from their opening four matches ahead of their trip to Rishton, another side yet to taste victory this season.
But Roscoe says he knew the 2017 campaign would be a tricky one at the Worswick Memorial Ground as the club look to put the building blocks in place for a brighter future in the newly expanded league next season.
"For me it is not about points this season it is about performances," said the Rawtenstall captain.
"We have played some decent stuff in patches but we knew it was going to be a tough start because we have a few lads away at university and a few on the injured list and that means we are putting out a very inexperienced side.
"We have three 18-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old who have played and at that age, unless you are exceptional, then you are going to find it tough and they have.
"We knew it was going to be a difficult season for us and in a sense we get a free go because we will start again in a new format next year.
"And at the moment both myself and the professional (Andrew Payne) are looking at the future.
"Next year the young lads will be a year older and year wiser and this year we just have to try and improve.
"We would love to get that first win this weekend but if not we will work hard to make sure it is next week or the week after."
Roscoe may have plenty of teenagers in his XI but in himself and Payne there is plenty of experience to call on.
"Between us we are nearly 100," said the 55-year-old who has been impressed with Payne's performances in the early weeks of the campaign.
"He has been brilliant, he is a very good cricketer and is working very hard."
Elsewhere at the bottom Bacup are targeting their first victory of the season when Great Harwood visit Lanehead tomorrow.
And skipper Tim Farragher believes his side's opening success is not too far away.
"Once we get that first win I am sure more will follow," he said.
"We don't know too much about Great Harwood but that is refreshing and we are looking forward to playing them.
"We have been in most of the games we have played but have just not been able to get on the right side of the result but we are certainly improving."
Elsewhere tomorrow, there is a top of the table clash at Chatburn Road when Todmorden visit Clitheroe while East Lancashire, in third, will look to capitalise on any dropped points at the top when they entertain Accrington.
Lowerhouse begin the day in fourth and they travel to Enfield while defending champions Ramsbottom, down in 13th, host Nelson.
The day's other fixtures see Haslingden visit Burnley and Colne host Darwen with Church not in action.