Derby fixture sees a number of former teammates clash
5:30am Friday 13th June 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON captain Liam Tucker is well aware of the task facing his side tomorrow when they visit Glos/Wilts Division leaders Lechlade.
The County Ground side have endured a stop-start campaign and sit in sixth place, while their Manor Ground hosts have enjoyed a 100 per cent record to date.
And with several former Swindon players in the Lechlade line-up, Will Nichols, Asanka Vithanage, Arran Dickinson and Tris Hawkes, Tucker is looking forward to the contest.
“They (Lechlade) are a very good and they have good resources bringing in a number of new players over the winter so we know that it is going to be tough,” Tucker said.
“We are all still friends with the lads who have left us to join them, but it does add a little bit of spice to it.
“But we have to remember it is not just about our old players, they will have 11 good players out on the field on Saturday.”
One of Lechlade’s Swindon old boys, Nicholls, joined the Manor Ground side in 2013 having been with Swindon since joining them in 1986 as a junior, and he will face his old club for the first time since leaving them.
He said: “Playing against your old club and team mates is quite a nervous event as you are keen to perform well personally and do all that you can so as to finish on the winning side.”
Lechlade will have a full strength side for the game with Swindon with the return of their opening batsman Oli Thornley who has now recovered from the injury that forced him to miss last week’s win at Chipping Sodbury.
Lechlade coach Luke Sellers said. “It’s a big game this week for several of our lads but I’m sure they will all acquit themselves well under the personal pressure.
“We probably go into the game as favourites but you never know what may happen in a local derby.
“We know Swindon have some very good players who are more than capable of winning the game for them, so we won’t be taking things for granted and we will be going all out to make it five wins out of five.”
The visitors will make one change to the side that suffered a 74-run defeat to Gloucester City Winget last weekend.
Dan Harris became a father for the first time this weekend and will spend time with his young family leaving Tucker to welcome back Nigel Dunstan to the Swindon side.
“We have had a good week’s practice this week,” Tucker added. “We trained on Wednesday night and a lot of the lads have been down the club earlier in the week as well - which is good news.
“We are looking forward getting out there on Saturday and trying to get back to winning ways.”