Waterlooville must step it up against Gosport

Max Goddard knows Waterlooville must be on top form.
Max Goddard knows Waterlooville must be on top form.
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Max Goddard has called on Waterlooville’s batsmen to step up to the mark ahead of their crucial Southern Electric League division three local derby against Gosport Borough.

Ville top the division but have stuttered lately with just one win in their last three outings.

Captain Goddard recognises a lack of runs has been the main problem and is looking for that to change in the Rowlands Avenue clash.

‘Our bowling hasn’t been a problem all season but we have lacked consistency with the bat,’ said Goddard.

‘It was good to get back to winning ways last week after a couple of poor performances.

‘There are six games left and we probably have to win five of them if we are to finish as champions.

‘It is very much in our own hands because we still have to play our two closest rivals.

‘We will need to be at our best to beat Gosport, though, because they are a decent side.’

All-rounder Tim Jackson returns to open the batting.

Fourth-placed Borough will be dangerous opponents and are looking to avenge their defeat at Privett Park earlier in the season.

Tom Larner’s team are in excellent form and go into the contest aiming for a third successive win.

‘We have got ourselves back on track after a couple of poor results,’ said Larner.

‘After gaining promotion last season our aim was to consolidate and we have more than achieved that.

‘Even in the games we lost we have not been outclassed and possibly could have won a couple more.

‘It means we can go into the final games of the season with all the pressure off.

‘We can go to Ville and play with no fear, looking to cause an upset because all the pressure will be on them.

‘Who knows, with a couple more wins we could find ourselves breathing down the necks of the top two.’

Borough make one enforced change with Mike Rees in for the unavailable John Adams.

Havant II will be gunning for victory at third-placed South Wilts II.

In the premier division, Havant host Alton determined to collect a win that will maintain the pressure on leaders South Wilts ahead of their summit meeting next weekend.

Struggling Sarisbury Athletic will be ready for a crucial contest when they make the trip across the Solent to face basement-club Ventnor.

Burridge II aim to boost their survival bid at hosts Hampshire Academy.

Division two leaders Portsmouth cannot afford any slip-ups against fourth-placed Fawley at Clarence Parade after losing to closest rivals OTs & Romsey in their last game.

Hambledon can do Portsmouth a big favour if they can make it four wins in a row with a victory at home to title-chasers OTs.