Burridge seek fresh momentum

Rick Ankers
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RICK ANKERS has tasked his Burridge side with rediscovering their winning habit after climbing off the bottom of the Southern Electric premier division table.

The Burridge skipper saw his team sink to the foot of the table after their disappointing start to the season, but they hit back with a win over Ventnor last week which sent the Islanders to the bottom.

But Ankers now wants more of the same as they travel to St Cross.

He said: ‘We knew we were playing poorly and had to get it together but being bottom wasn’t something we had discussed.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the lads were not even aware of it.

‘But we deserved to be there because we had lost four out of the first five games.

‘Everything dropped into place last week and we should take some confidence from that, but I can’t remember the last time we won two on the trot – it must have been two seasons ago when we went up.

‘It feels like that any way.

‘We’ve had a few games where we could and should have won but we got a proper beating at Lymington recently.

‘When you are on a losing run, you find ways to lose.

‘When you get on a winning roll, you find ways to win games and hopefully we have got that now.’

It’s not all good news for Burridge, though, as they have been thrown out of the T20 Cup, despite crushing Gosport Borough by 83 runs last Sunday.

Teenager Dan Damely-Jones, who has come through the club’s colts system, was not registered to play in the Southern League but was brought in at late notice to keep wicket.

Chairman Clive Slaughter said: ‘We have been disqualified.

‘He wasn’t registered to play in the Southern League but has been playing in the Hampshire League.

‘We know the rules but it was an error on our part.

‘It does seem an extremely severe punishment for a relatively minor mistake but the rules are the rules.

‘I can understand the stance if we had brought in a superstar ringer.

‘It’s a real shame because we love the competition.’