Added incentive for Rowner skipper Hoskins as Sarisbury stand in way

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Rowner captain Jason Hoskins is looking for victory against his old club Sarisbury Athletic II in a crucial Hampshire League division two clash tomorrow.

The home side must win to keep their hopes of staying up alive, while Sarisbury are in danger of missing out on promotion.

‘I had four years at Sarisbury and know them all very well,’ said Hoskins.

‘It gives us an added incentive to beat them.

‘Unfortunately, we are missing two key players who are attending a wedding of a Locks Heath player.

‘We lost half our team to Locks Heath a few years ago and it is still affecting us.

‘Confidence is good in the camp, though, after we beat top-of-the-league Ropley.’

Hoskins has to do without opening bowler Andy Lilley and opening batsman Rob Bowman.

Sarisbury’s promotion bid has stuttered in recent weeks.

Jon Floyd’s side cannot afford to lose on Saturday if they are to achieve their ambition.

Hayling Island captain Phil Mist admits lack of availability has been a huge problem all summer.

He is without key players again for the tricky trip to promotion chasing Compton & Chandlers Ford.

Division one side Purbrook are aiming to get the win they need to stay up against St Cross Symondians III at the Heath.

They could secure their place and avoid any problems on the final day.

Captain Sean Figgins is hoping that is the case.

He said: ‘It would be nice to go into the final week without any pressure on.

‘We have won our last four games and that has bred a lot of confidence in the team.

‘Now, if we get into a sticky situation that confidence will help us.

‘We have never played St Cross before, so they will be a bit of an unknown quantity.’

Young off-spinner Matt McGlinchey is drafted in, while James Iles and Krishan Patel are available again.

Portchester and Locks Heath are looking to return to winning ways against Midhurst and Ventnor II respectively.

Gosport Borough can continue their climb up the league if they record a victory against Lymington II in the New Forest.

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