Sarisbury Athtletic’s stand-in skipper fears the club are losing credibility with their claims of playing in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division.
Archie Norris, who has stepped in for David Banks, saw his side go down to a five-wicket loss to leaders New Milton last weekend, which has left their title hopes hanging by a thread.
Sarisbury were denied promotion two years ago when they won the league because of their ground grading but were pipped by Burridge last term and look set to miss out again.
And Norris believes the team has yet to prove it deserves to be promoted.
He said: ‘We have been trying to get out of this league for a few years now.
‘We have whinged about not being allowed up because of our ground.
‘But since then, we haven’t won it.
‘It almost gets to the point where people start laughing at us.
‘We have been banging the drum about developing the ground but we haven’t had a team that’s been good enough.’
Norris knows his team’s chances have dwindled but he insists they need to bounce back with a win at Hursley Park tomorrow before they host South Wilts in the Southern Electric T20 Cup semi-final on Sunday (3pm).
Norris said: ‘Banksy goes away for a week and we lose all of a sudden!
‘It felt like all eyes were on me after Saturday’s defeat.
‘I’m not shirking but I don’t think it was entirely my fault.
‘You can always look back at games and think of things you might have done differently.
‘The bottom line is New Milton batted very well and barely gave us a chance. If it had happened a month ago, it might have given us more of a chance to claw it back.
‘It’s going to be tough to recover from that.
‘It’s just a case of trying to win this one and then trying to win every game we’ve got left.
‘But we’ve both got tough games coming up.
‘New Milton are a good side but I can’t see them having it all their own way for the rest of the season.
‘We have to be ready to take advantage if they make a mistake.’