Cunnane Hopes Young Bulls Can Discover Pride; AMERICAN FOOTBALL

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Byline: By Colin Stoner

It's not just a cliche when Brendan Cunnane describes Birmingham Bulls' fixture against Gateshead Senators tomorrow as a "must-win" game.

The teams, who meet at Birmingham City University's sports centre at Moor Lane in Perry Barr at 2.30pm, occupy the bottom two spots in the BAFL Premier Division after a summer best described as challenging.

Neither has yet won a match, though the Bulls have only played three times compared to the Senators' four, while both have had to call off games because of a shortage of players.

Bulls head coach Cunnane (pictured) said: "We are both struggling but there's a lot of pride at stake.

We want to go out and regain some pride - it will come down to who wants it more."

With the London Olympians' demise, there will be no relegation so there is no beat-thedrop pressure but Cunnane says it is vital for his young side to step up to the mark and sustain a performance over all four quarters.

"There's a lot of disappointment around the club and I feel that more than anybody," said Cunnane, who is still waiting to start the comeback trail after a cruciate knee-ligament injury sustained 12 months ago.

"I'm not a very good loser, I never have been. I've been used to being around success and last year and this season have been disasters for me "We just need that bit of confidence. …