Purbrook wary of dangerous Ropley side

Matt Rogers bowling for US last weekend. Picture: Mick Young
Matt Rogers bowling for US last weekend. Picture: Mick Young
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

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TITLE-CHASING Purbrook face an awkward trip to fifth-placed Ropley in Hampshire League division one.

Skipper Martin Lee knows his second-placed side cannot afford any slip-ups as they continue their bid to chase down unbeaten league-leaders Alton II.

Lee predicts the hosts will prove to be dangerous opponents.

He said: ‘Ropley are on a bit of a roll and are scoring big runs,.

‘We know this will be a tough game.

‘Last week we made hard work of winning against Bishop’s Waltham.

‘After last week I believe we will be a lot more focused.

‘The last thing we want to do is lose our one win cushion over Portsmouth & Southsea.’

Purbrook make two changes with Matthew McGlinchey and Nathan Snelling replacing Sammy Mahboob and Hamid Khan.

Portsmouth & Southsea should face a slightly easier task at second from bottom Andover II.

United Services are aiming to make amends for their surprise defeat against lowly Burridge II as they entertain Shrewton at Burnaby Road.

Dan Wheeler accepts Bishop’s Waltham have a fight on their hands if they are to avoid the drop.

It won’t be easy against fourth-placed Hook & Newnham II at Albany Road but his team desperately need to pick up points to move away from trouble.

Wheeler said: ‘It is so frustrating because we have been so close in every game.

‘At Purbrook we were ahead for a lot of the game but ended coming out just the wrong side of the result.

‘It would be a real shame if we went back down because we feel we are more than good enough to be in this league.

‘We have five games left to go out and prove it.’

The home side make one change.

Harry McGhee returns from holiday to replace Dom Quincy.