Ville after more of the same

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MAX GODDARD has called for more of the same from his Waterlooville troops after regaining top spot in Southern Electric Premier League division three.

The Ville skipper led his side to a 231-run success to replace Trojans at the top of the table as Alex Shephard struck an unbeaten 90.

It was the perfect response to their defeat the previous week – a first of the season.

And now Goddard has tasked his players with finding a similar level of performance at Totton & Eling II.

Goddard said: ‘It was ideal to play against the leaders last week because everyone was really up for it.

‘Now we’ve got to do it against Totton & Eling II and I’m sure it will be a tough game because they are a good side.

‘At this time of year, some first-teamers drop into the seconds so we have to be wary of that.

‘But after the win over Trojans, we back ourselves.

‘If we play like that again, we won’t go far wrong but it will be a challenge to try to repeat it.’

Elsewhere in division three, Gosport Borough will attempt to emulate Waterlooville against Trojans before their daunting trip to Havant in the t20 on Sunday.

Havant II make the trip to Lymington II.

In division two, Hambledon are once more hit by unavailability for their trip to Bashley (Rydal) II.

The Dons were hammered by Hursley Park last weekend but are without Rupert Hetherington, Mat Jones and James Marshall.

Rhidian Chapman faces a late fitness test on a suspected broken hand but Ian Turner and Will Mann return.

Skipper Rob Atkins said: ‘We have got a few missing this week but I don’t think we have been too badly affected by last week’s result.

‘We could do with a win to get us moving in the right direction again.’

Leaders Portsmouth’s character will be tested for the trip to Tichborne Park after they lost their unbeaten record in division two last weekend.

Premier division basement boys Ventnor host Lymington at Newclose as they try to close the gap at the bottom.