CRICKET: Town told to go on the offensive

WELCOME RETURN: Michael Kearns, pictured bowling, is back for Saturday's crunch clash.
WELCOME RETURN: Michael Kearns, pictured bowling, is back for Saturday's crunch clash.

Just one more victory should secure Spalding Town’s future in the Lincs ECB Premier League.

That’s the view of skipper Rob Ambrose, who leads his team into battle against basement boys Hartsholme at Spalding Grammar School on Saturday (noon).

Town have won just three of their 18 games in their debut season in the county top flight, but are 33 points clear of the drop zone and 49 ahead of their weekend opponents.

That’s largely due to a host of gritty performances from Ambrose’s men, who have managed to secure crucial ‘draws’ eight times so far this campaign.

That wasn’t the case last Saturday, with Town soundly beaten by six wickets at Skegness.

But Spalding’s skipper is calling for a change of tact from his troops this week - and wants them to go on the offensive.

He said: “It’s a big, big game for us. If you look at the table, you have to think that we’ll be safe if we win.

“That’s the carrot for the lads. We’ve enjoyed our first season in this league a lot - and we want to stay here.

“But the only downside is that we’ve maybe got stuck in a certain way of playing. Grinding out points has been vital for us, but it’d be nice to go out there on Saturday and win.

“It’s been a long hard season both on and off the pitch and it’d be nice to end it with the pressure off.

“We’ve got a trip to (leaders) Woodhall Spa in a few weeks and it’d be nice for us to give them a proper game – and maybe have a say in where the title ends up.”

Town must do without Chris Dring this weekend, but do welcome back key duo Michael Kearns and Ian Smith.