Longridge CC hope to put an awful August behind them

Longridge CC will be hoping to celebrate on Saturday
Longridge CC will be hoping to celebrate on Saturday

Longridge CC head to Croston on Saturday in need of a win after an awful August for the men from Newsham.

Kyle Helm’s team had gone into the month as contenders for the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division title after only one loss in 15 games.

However, four consecutive defeats have seen them drop to fourth in the table, 35 points behind leaders Garstang and only 10 ahead of Great Eccleston in fifth place.

While acknowledging that some of their recent performances have not been of the standard required, Helm has also been left wondering what might have been.

Possible victories have been lost to the weather with Longridge having had three ‘no results’ this season; the joint highest in the table along with Vernon Carus and Thornton Cleveleys.

“We had put ourselves in a great position and where we wanted to be at the start of August,” Helm said.

“We wanted to be up there in the table, in a position to be shot at, and it’s a shame that we haven’t come out of the month a lot better off than we have.

“We might have lost the number of games we did but Fulwood and Broughton are still up there and they have lost four games this season.

“We have had some of our games rained off whereas they have managed to get games in.

“That’s why they are still in there and it’s part of the reason why we are where we are.”

With, realistically speaking, only pride left to play for this season, Helm’s players travel to face a Croston side with three wins from their last five outings.

They will be looking to complete a league double for the season after defeating Croston when the two sides met in mid-June.

After that comes games against two of the bottom three to conclude the season with Thornton Cleveleys visiting Newsham before a trip to Freckleton.