Having had two precious National One points deducted this week, Coventry go into tomorrow's match at Otley knowing they must find a way to end their six-game winless streak against one of the most difficult propositions in the league.
When times are hard a trip to Cross Green is as welcome as a headache but Mike Umaga's side can have no doubt that if they can survive tomorrow afternoon's examination they will be in a good position to turn round their disappointing season.
They certainly need to because an administrative error before their match with Bedford late last year - in which the necessary registration details were not in place for substitute Dave Millard - has deprived them of two hard-won points and seen them slip into the bottom three of the division.
It is an unpalatable situation and one that Umaga (above) recognises needs to be alleviated. "I am pretty sure Otley have targeted this game as a possible five points having rested key players against Harlequins last week," he said.
"We have got to go there single-minded and focused. We are not just going up there to put in a good performance, we want to come back with points in the bag - and not just one, even though the bonuses have been a lifeline."
Coventry have, perhaps that should be had, more single point hauls than anyone else in the division with 11. They have also lost the same number of games - another league-high.
If they are to avoid a 12th, they will need to neutralise the devastating effect of Otley's feted props Kris Full-man and Justin Wring.
Coventry's new forward coach, Dave Addleton, is confident they will do so as they did in the reverse fixture in September when his side won 30-14 at Butts Park Arena.
"In the first game Pete Bucknall was up against Justin Wring, who is one of the most aggressive looseheads around, and held him well," Addleton said.
"We have got to match their fire with fire. It has got a lot to do with technique but if you go out there with it in your mind that you are not going to take a backward step it makes it a lot easier to match them."
Do that, as Pertemps Bees did on their visit, and Coventry could exploit their perceived supremacy out wide. In Steve Booth, James Moore and Apoua Stewart they have the necessary pace and knowhow to expose their hosts.
But they will also need to show improved discipline. They have haemorrhaged penalties in recent weeks, particularly in the first half at Rotherham last Saturday and at Sedgley Park on New Year's Eve.
With Simon Binns no younger but no less accurate either, they know the cost of errant hands, boots or bodies could be high.
And the situation could be no less critical. "The points loss means there is a little bit more pressure," said Umaga.
"We are all confident that it is down to us to get out of it. We have 11 games left and we have to win as many of those as possible to stay out of the relegation zone. Our destiny is in our own hands so we don't have to look anywhere else."