Lechlade have must-win league fixture followed by Sunday's County Cup semi-final
8:05pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
TITLE-CHASING Lechlade CC will be looking to bounce back at Chippenham this weekend following their disappointing home defeat to Biddestone last Saturday.
Lechlade make only one change to the team with Ali Killham replacing the unavailable Tris Hawkes.
Lechlade trail Biddestone by three points in the Glos Wilts Division with Potterne snapping at their heels in third place, seven points behind the riverside outfit.
Lechlade coach Luke Sellers knows only a win this weekend will keep his side in the hunt for this year’s title.
“Chippenham are a very competent side and gave us a good game earlier in the season,” he said. “So we will have to knuckle down, be at our best and put last week’s result behind us if we are to get the right result and keep the pressure on Biddestone.
“Biddestone have a tricky game against Rockhampton and if we get a good result we could pick up some points on them this weekend.”
Lechlade captain Paul Godding added. “Team morale is very good bearing in mind last week’s result and the boys trained hard this week and they all seem very keen to make amends as soon as possible.
“With only three games left we all know that we have to win every game from this point if we are to win the league and I see no reason why we can’t do that.
“We showed a lot of character last Saturday in the fightback and I think this has helped keep us all positive. The boys all know the importance of this weekend and all of them are up for the challenge ahead. ”
On Sunday, Lechlade take on Premier League Downend in their Gloucestershire County Cup Semi-Final at the Manor Ground.
Lechlade name a near-full strength side but will be without Joe Breet, who is on county duty, and cup captain Arran Dickinson, who is unavailable.
Kiwi Arnie Yugaraja will deputise as captain for Dickinson and is confident that the club is capable of springing a surprise.
Yugaraja said: “I’m very proud to be given the opportunity to captain the side for this prestigious game and I firmly believe we can make club history and progress to our first County Cup Final.”