IN-FORM Deeside Dragons must maintain their new-found winning mentality across the remainder of the season, says player-coach Marc Lovell.

The Flintshire club chalked up a fourth successive league win last weekend after running out 4-2 winners at Widnes Wild.

Two goals from captain James Parsons, plus strikes from Chris Jones and James Shaw saw the Dragons take maximum points against their north west rivals.

Currently sitting fourth in the Laidler Conference table and among the division’s play-off places, Lovell insists his side have to seize their chance.

“It’s a really competitive league again this year and it’s a great position that we’re in at the moment,” he said.

“We were really pleased with how well we played last weekend and getting ourselves into the top four shows how far we’ve come in the last month or so.

“We are where we want to be and maintaining these levels of consistency is the most important thing between now and the end of the season.”

Netminder Samantha Bolwell has been central to the Dragons’ impressive recent resurgence.

A regular for Great Britain women’s national side, Bolwell has produced some stellar displays for her club this term and Lovell has been delighted with her contribution.

He added: “I’d say Samantha’s had a massive impact on our team this season.

“Having her in the side gives all of our back line a lot of confidence and the players feel like we’ve got every chance of winning games.

“She probably faces between 40 and 50 shots in an average match.

“Against Widnes last weekend it was 57 and she only conceded twice, which tells you just how well she’s doing at the moment.”

A fixture double-header awaits the Dragons this weekend, with Saturday’s visit to basement side Blackburn Hawks preceding a home clash with title-challengers Hull Jets on Sunday.

Both of the Dragons’ last two meetings with the Hawks ended in emphatic wins - running out 10-1 and 9-0 victors in the clashes.

An opening day 6-3 success at title-challengers Hull was a rare highlight for the Dragons in the season’s early stages, and Lovell says his players should approach both fixtures with confidence.

He said: “Without disrespecting Blackburn, Saturday really is a must-win game for us.

“We can’t be complacent about it and won’t take them lightly, but if we can come away with another big win it will set us up nicely for Hull.

“The players will know they’re capable of getting a result in both games and hopefully we can take maximum points from them.”

Work commitments mean Dragons duo Alex Parry and Simon Furnival will miss Saturday's game, but both are in contention for the Hull clash.

Third-placed Altrincham Aces can close the gap at the top of the table in their double-header.

The Aces head to Sheffield side Senators on Saturday before hosting Blackburn a day later.