Services skipper aiming high

James Marshall batting for United Services. Picture: Steve Reid (122055-663)
James Marshall batting for United Services. Picture: Steve Reid (122055-663)
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United Services captain Lee Carroll believes there is still more to come from his Southern Electric Premier League division three title-chasers.

The Burnaby Road outfit face a tricky visit to Fair Oak tomorrow.

But they are in good form, having recovered well after losing two of their opening three games.

Now, Carroll & Co have genuine title ambitions.

Four consecutive wins have lifted them up to third in the table.

However, Carroll still believes they have not been at their best.

‘Though we have been winning our games comfortably, we haven’t played to the best of our ability yet,’ said Carroll.

‘If we can put both parts of our game – batting and bowling – together, then we can be even more dangerous.

‘At the moment it seems to be one or the other.

‘I can’t complain too much, though, because we are winning.

‘Our two defeats were against sides that are going to be at the top.

‘And in both games we lost, we got ourselves into good positions.

‘We came up short but it showed we are good enough to compete at the top.

‘With the league being reorganised, we know we have to finish in the top 10 to stay in division three.

‘But to be honest we are setting our sights a bit higher. We think we have a decent chance of being up there at the top.

‘Fair Oak is a big test for us, though, because they are another good team.’

Services make one change to last week’s team.

David Cox returns for the unavailable Jack Lavous.

United Services: Damien Carson, Reggie Marshall, Dominic Carson, John Hadfield, Shane Ferguson, Tom May, James Marshall, Cody Henderson, Lee Carroll, David Cox, Dan Sharp

n Gosport Borough captain Simon Creal believes the visit to fellow strugglers Sparsholt is a must-win game.

‘We need to put some points on the board,’ said Creal.

‘Losing to Trojans last week was our worst performance of the season so far.

‘Up until then we had been playing well without getting the results.

‘We must apply ourselves more this weekend.’

Gosport Borough: Lee Harrop, Simon Creal, Craig Stares, Richard Partington, Mark Toogood, Pete Robson, Tom Larner, Charlie Pennecott, Conor Regan, Richard Edwards, Mark Oxford

n Portsmouth are back to near full strength for their visit to third-placed Totton & Eling II.

James Moon returns after a two-match ban, while batsman Jamie Mitchell is also back.

Veteran bowler Tim Bailey retains his place.

Portsmouth: Jamie Mitchell, Justin Brown, James Moon, Farsham Jemildar, Rob Jones, Alex Hammond, James Scott, Tim Bailey, Gary Rogers, Jed Whitecross, Josh Jones

n Elsewhere in the league’s third division, Havant II play host to Trojans at Havant Park.

n Hambledon are aiming to bounce back to winning ways in division two.

Consecutive defeats to OTs & Romsey and Burridge have seen them lose momentum.

They host bottom club Paultons tomorrow, though.

And skipper Dan Hewitt has Toby de Mellow, Nick Scutt and Will Mann back in the ranks, along with Paul Vickers.

HAMBLEDON: James Scutt, Joe Collings-Wells, Rob Atkins, Dan Hewitt, Toby de Mellow, Nick Scutt, Paul Vickers, James Atkinson, Cameron Prentice, Kyle Shinn, Will Mann

n Second-placed Burridge face Hook & Newnham Basics, while Sarisbury Athletic entertain fellow strugglers OT’S & Romsey.

n In the top flight, Havant travel to Lymington in the New Forest and Ventnor host Totton & Eling.