Services battling odds to stay up

United Services captain Matt Easton. Picture: Allan Hutchings
United Services captain Matt Easton. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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United Services captain Matt Easton is refusing to give up on his side’s Hampshire League division one survival chances as they take on basement side Rowledge in their final game.

For Services to pull off a great escape they have to win well and hope other results go their way.

‘The odds are stacked against us and all we can do is win and see where it takes us,’ said Easton.

‘We knew it was going to be a tough season from the start after dropping down from Southern Electric Premier League 

‘It is too early to start thinking about next year whatever happens and our priority is getting a win this weekend.’

Easton is boosted by the return of Services leading runs-scorer Mark Toogood.

Meanwhile, Gosport Borough end their season at Hook & Newnham Basics II still harbouring a chance of promotion.

Fourth-placed Borough are ready to pounce if Lymington II or Ventnor II slip up on the final day.

Fareham & Crofton complete their inconsistent season with 
a visit to St Cross Symondians III.

Elsewhere, Locks Heath are hoping to bring a disappointing campaign to a positive finish by winning at Bournemouth II.

Sarisbury Athletic II have 
found their first season at the 
top level a challenge but are hoping to have done enough to survive.

Jon Floyd’s team travel to Ropley looking for a fourth win of the season.

In division two, Hayling Island need six points from their final game at Compton & Chandlers Ford to ensure promotion.

‘We are confident that we 
can achieve this if not go out and win the game outright,’ 
said Hayling captain Dave Gorvin.

If they fail and Bedhampton Mariners win with maximum points, then their local rivals would pip them to the post.

Rowner captain Jason Hoskins believes relegation from division two will make the club stronger in the future.

‘For a little club we have been punching above our weight for a few years,’ said Hoskins.

‘It will be a miracle if we 
stay up and we are looking to rebuild.

‘We may go down to one team in the lower league but the priority is getting our colts side up and running again.

‘That will provide us with a new influx of players.’

Rowner finish at home against Easton & Martyr Worthy.