GOATACRE must start to pick up points soon to avoid nervous glances over their shoulders as the WEPL Premier Two season reaches the home stretch.

That's according to skipper Brad Dawson, whose side currently sit one place above the relegation zone in the league table with half the term complete.

Goatacre face Ilminster this weekend looking to create a buffer between themselves and Minehead, who currently occupy the final place in the drop zone and trail Dawson's men by 20 points.

“We need to kick on because they're a better team that played at our place, I'm sure,” Dawson told the Advertiser. “We've got to win games now. If Minehead win and we lose, it’s getting quite close down there now. It's one win between us.

“Glastonbury are pretty much gone but if Minehead can pick up a couple of wins now then there's a lot of pressure on us and Chard.

“It's in our own hands and I think we're a good enough team to pick up enough wins, but in that league anyone can beat anyone so other teams could be saying the same about beating us and quite rightly.

"They (Ilminster) are in that mix with Cheltenham, Thornbury and Potterne. We beat them earlier on in the season, which was a bit lucky because they could have easily won that game as well.”

Jif Wilkins is not available to Goatacre this weekend as he continues to receive treatment on his injured thumb, while Liam Dawson has commitments with Hampshire, meaning Kevin Iles and Toby Horton return to the Goats’ XI.