Weekend on the road for Goatacre
5:30am Friday 6th June 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
GOATACRE are facing a weekend on the road as they look to secure league and cup glory.
Tomorrow, Brad Dawson’s side head to Minehead in Premier Two and then 24 hours later they make the journey to Dorset League Premier One outfit Parley in the National Village Cup Wiltshire/Dorest final.
Goatacre claimed a 56-run success over Chard last Saturday, only their second league win of the season, but they know it won’t be easy in Somerset.
Minehead, who sit one place below Goatacre in seventh spot, have only won on the opening day of this season, away at Glastonbury, however, Dawson’s men have yet to win on the road this campaign.
And they will need to break that duck this weekend if they are to progress in the cup as their hosts on Sunday sit top of their division having only lost at Swanage this term.
Swindon will be looking to bounce back from their 43-run loss at Warminster when they entertain Gloucester City Winget at the County Ground in Glos/Wiltshire Divison.
Captain Liam Tucker knows that his top order batsmen must put in a much-improved showing on their own ground after finding themselves 20-4 and 64-7 at Warminster.
Their visitors head to Swindon on the back of a 116-run success over Chipping Sodbury courtesy of a five-wicket haul from Craig Collinson as well as a solid 45 from veteran batsman Will Steadman.
Lechlade will be seeking to heap more woe of Chipping Sodbury when they visit The Ridings.
Joe Breet’s side are sitting pretty at the top of the Glos/Wilts table, but had to rely on a fine rearguard action from Paul Godding and Asanka Vithanage to provide the platform for their 40-run victory over Biddestone with Tris Hawkes picking up four wickets.
Breet said: “With only 222 on the board we knew we had to field well to stay in the game and put pressure on Biddestone from the start.
“The bowlers all bowled tight with Tris picking up four very valuable wickets.
“The main Biddestone batsmen Neil Bredenkamp and Dwayne Perry both got starts and the boys very much to their credit never gave up and we were justly rewarded with the result.”
Left arm seamer and leading wicket taker Michael Craigs returns to the Lechlade side for the trip to Chipping Sodbury as does all-rounder Ryan Higgins and opening batsman Oli Thornley.