Goats look for a Glasto moment to get on track
Updated 8:32am Friday 20th June 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
GOATACRE captain Brad Dawson has labelled Saturday’s trip to bottom-of-the-table Glastonbury as a must win match.
The Premier Two outfit have endured a difficult start to the campaign to date, having only claimed two wins. While their hosts tomorrow have yet to taste victory.
After a disappointing display against Keynsham, Dawson has targeted this contest to get Goatacre’s season back on track.
“We started pretty poorly at Keynsham with the bat but managed to get ourselves up to 209,” Dawson said.
“Then with ball we were appalling for the first half of their innings and in the final 20 overs we bowled the best we had all season.
“If we can manage to get things like that sorted then maybe we can start turning things around.
“We have to win at Glastonbury, they are bottom of the table, they haven’t won a match and we cannot afford to slip up - it is quite simply a must win match.”
Dawson is set to welcome back batsman Jif Wilkins for the trip to Somerset now they he is fully fit after breaking his thumb in the opening game of the campaign.
Craig Gibbens also comes back into the team for the unavailable Ed Kilbee.
Goatacre are also hopeful of having Hampshire star Liam Dawson back in the side after this weekend’s match at Glastonbury.
The 24-year-old brother of the Goatacre captain has returned to light training with Hampshire following a groin injury and is targeting a July return with his county.
Dawson is hoping that his brother will be able to get some game time with his home club.
“Having Liam back would be massive,” Dawson said. “It makes a massive difference whether we are winning or losing.
“He can have a big influence on the game, so much more than players like myself can.
“We are lucky that Liam grew up at Goatacre and he loves being able to play for the club.
“He travels back and plays for us out of his own pocket, some professionals get dumped with a club and don’t really have an affinity with them.”