Skipper bullish as buzz returns to Bath Lane

Bob Marchant in action for Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (112613-3)
Bob Marchant in action for Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112613-3)
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Bob Marchant believes Fareham & Crofton have turned the corner in their quest to avoid relegation after finally ending their losing streak.

The Bath Lane outfit had slumped to eight straight defeats in division three as they tumbled towards the trap door.

But last weekend’s five-wicket victory over Totton & Eling II – their first success since May – has breathed new life into their campaign.

They host South Wilts II tomorrow and Marchant’s men could climb into mid-table security and effectively secure their safety with a second victory.

The Fareham & Crofton skipper said: ‘It was a huge relief to get that win against Totton.

‘You get on that sort of trot in any sport and it can be very hard to turn it around.

‘The confidence just drains out of everyone.

‘Sometimes it just takes one result to change everything and there was a real buzz about and plenty of beer drunk after we got that win.

‘Now we’re looking to make it back-to-back wins.

‘The way it’s shaping up down there, we will probably need at least one more win and possibly two more to stay up.’

Marchant’s side have suffered some rough decisions and crucial turning points in games over the course of their difficult run.

And even last week, the captain felt things were conspiring against his men once again.

He said: ‘It had got to a point where I thought the luck was permanently against us.

‘Even last weekend we had a few things go against us but we managed to stick in there.

‘Tim Dix was given out lbw when he thought he got some bat on it and Kev Light was given out caught behind off his head – that was a first for me!

‘I know what a hard job it is for the umpires and there would have been a flurry of gloves and bat but there was blood running down the side of his head where he’d been hit by the ball.

‘I was thinking “here we go again” but even though we were 40 for three, thankfully Brent Jarvis-Spinks played superbly and we ended up winning at a canter.

‘Hopefully that has turned a bit of a corner for us now. It has given us all a major lift.’

Marchant leads an unchan-ged side with Dan Berry still out with a calf injury.

FAREHAM & CROFTON: Rob Marchant, Luke Gould, Gary Wylde, Kev Light, Brent Jarvis-Spinks, Tim Dix, Sean Baker, Ben Kissane, Danny Durrant, Ed Stubbs, Dave Emery.