DEESIDE DRAGONS must use their latest league victory as a springboard for more success, according to player coach Marc Lovell.

The Flintshire club edged to a narrow 5-4 shoot-out win at Telford Tigers last weekend to record only their fourth win of their Laidler Conference campaign.

A fixture double-header this weekend sees the club head to second-placed Hull Jets on Saturday, before a home clash with Altrincham Aces the following night.

And Lovell believes his seventh-placed side should head into both games confident of winning and gaining ground on their rivals.

He said: "I think we have to take a lot of confidence from the way we fought back to eventually beat Telford last weekend.

"It showed a bit of resilience and a lot of character, which we haven't seen a lot of in the season so far.

"The lads need to take that belief of picking up wins away from home and ensure we keep ourselves in these games for the full hour without falling too far behind and letting games get away from us."

The Dragons were beaten 5-3 in September's home clash with Hull, while last month's meeting with Altrincham ended in a 5-2 reverse.

Lovell is convinced his side have steadily improved since those encounters and can improve their league position with further strong performances this weekend.

"Without a doubt this will be another tough weekend for us", he added.

"Neither of our prior games against Hull and Altrincham were particularly one-sided and we were in contention for most of them.

"Defensively there were a few errors that crept into our play in both of those games that cost us.

"Since then we've worked hard in training to iron some of those out of game and I think we're more organised and tighter as a result of that.

"We'll go into the games with a positive mindset and try to ensure we come away from the weekend with four points.

"This division is so tight and any one team is capable of beating another on their day.

"A couple of wins could put us right in contention at the top of the league again, that's all it takes."

Forward Mike Clancy remains sidelined after damaging ligaments in his hand, while attacking duo Chris Jones and Andy Chappell are both set to return to the Dragons squad.

Tonight's other league fixtures see Bradford Bulldogs host Telford, Coventry Blaze visit basement side Blackburn Hawks and Senators visit Altrincham.

Senators complete their weekend double-header at home to Hull tomorrow, while leaders Widnes Wild entertain Coventry.