Carroll: We can still beat drop

United Services opening bowler Dan Robbins. Pic Mick Young
United Services opening bowler Dan Robbins. Pic Mick Young
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Lee Carroll believes United Services still have time to save themselves from Southern Electric Premier League division two relegation.

After appearing to fire their bid for safety with two wins, the Burnaby Road outfit have followed that with two straight defeats that have put them right back in the mire.

US travel to Sparsholt and can clamber out of the relegation zone with a victory.

But the captain knows it is now or never if his troops are to maintain any hopes of avoiding the drop.

Carroll said: ‘We had a couple of good wins and strung a couple together but it’s gone Pete Tong again!

‘I don’t think we are out of it yet and this game is massive.

‘Sparsholt are one place above us so if we can get the win, we can jump above them.

‘We’ve got three games left and we need to win two of them. That would give us a chance of staying up.

‘When you get a couple of decent results, everyone is up again.

‘But last week we played poorly against Calmore Sports.

‘Our problem for most of the year is that we haven’t scored enough runs.

‘As a unit, we haven’t bowled badly.

‘But apart from Dom Carson and Dan Robbins, nobody has got more than 300 runs.’

Carroll also refused to make excuses, even though he is without Shane Fergusson and Mark Stanley this weekend.

He said: ‘I think we deserve to be down there. The league table doesn’t lie.

‘We just haven’t played well enough.

‘We’ve had four or five close matches that we have been on the wrong end of but we deserve to be where we are.

‘It’s a funny league because Basingstoke have run away with it and Hursley Park are just behind them. After that, there isn’t much to choose between the rest of the teams.

‘We smashed Sparsholt when we played them at our place. That doesn’t count for much in this one, though.

‘I think all of our games are winnable but we need to go out and prove that.’

Jack Cannell returns to the side in place of the absent Stanley.