Ridge can still play their part in Shield title race

Dan Wilkinson Jnr
Dan Wilkinson Jnr

The title race is certainly hotting up in the Palace Shield Premier Division.

And Ian Simpson’s Longridge can still have a big say on who will take the coveted shield come the end of the

season.

Despite sitting fourth in the league, Longridge are only 11 points behind table-toppers and local rivals Garstang.

Longridge’s next three fixtures are crucial as they face Thornton Cleveleys and BAC/EE Preston at Chipping Road before travelling to Penwortham.

Last time out on Saturday Longridge put an end to their four-match losing streak as they defeated relegation-threatened Hoghton by 188 runs.

Daniel Wilkinson Jnr starred with the bat as he hit his second century of the

season before captain

Simpson claimed five wickets with the ball as ‘Ridge picked up a much-needed 12 points.

The skipper has called on his team to stop throwing their wickets away and those words were heeded against Hoghton with a number of batsman making excellent contributions.

This Saturday’s opponents Thornton have already beaten Longridge twice this year however.

They notched up an early season victory before dumping Longridge out of the Meyler Cup at the semi-final stages.

Poor recent form means the title race is out of their hands but Simpson and his men have always felt in the hunt.

Believing they need to win all their remaining games to shock the other title chasers and lift the Palace Shield Longridge will now look to build on Saturday’s win by claiming the points against Thornton this weekend.