Russell’s men face drop fears

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Lewis Russell believes Portsmouth & Southsea are drinking in the Last Chance Saloon in their bid to beat the drop.

The Portsmouth & Southsea skipper saw his side embarrassingly bowled out for just 30 last weekend in their 10-wicket defeat to Tichborne Park.

It left his side rock bottom of Southern Electric Premier League division three with just five games left to save their skins.

And Russell wants to see his men show their character after slumping to four straight losses.

He said: ‘We had a winning streak of three games in a row and now we’ve lost the last four.

‘We need to change that quickly.

‘This game is a must-win game. There are no ifs and buts.

‘A few of us want to right a few wrongs.’

Elsewhere in division three, third-placed Waterlooville’s late promotion charge could gather even more pace if they can pick up another win at Bashley (Rydal) II, who sit just one place above them in the table.

Jon Hudson’s side stormed to success over Trojans last week by 107 runs – a third straight win.

And if they can beat the New Forest outfit, hopes will grow of a second successive promotion.

In the premier division, Burridge need a win at home to mid-table Alton to avoid being sucked into relegation trouble.

Rick Ankers’ side turned in a poor batting display in their heavy defeat to Havant last week.

They have slipped to third from bottom as they attempt to consolidate after last season’s promotion.

In division one, Hambledon could do neighbours Sarisbury Athletic a big favour if they can register a win at leaders New Milton.

The Dons perhaps need one more win to secure their safety in the second tier for a another season.

In division two, Portsmouth host second-from-bottom Langley Manor, while Havant II entertain table-toppers Rowledge.

Both clubs already look safe from relegation but probably need to win all of their remaining games to stand any chance of muscling into the promotion frame.