Shield title could hinge on Ridge’s next three games

Longridge captain Ian Simpson
Longridge captain Ian Simpson
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Ian Simpson feels it is make or break time for his Longridge side in the Palace Shield Premier Division.

Simpson’s men have enjoyed a welcomed return to form winning their last four fixtures.

Longridge now sit two points off league leaders Garstang after Ian Walling’s men were beaten on Saturday.

Third placed Freckleton are level on points with Longridge and Great Eccleston are one point behind in fourth.

The Chipping Road outfit have a crucial next three fixtures.

On Saturday, they take on Vernon Carus before travelling to Freckleton the following week.

The end of the month sees Longridge and Garstang lock horns for a final time this season in a potential top-of-the-table clash.

With everything to play for in the final five games, Simpson remains in a confident mood.

“I really think it is back in our hands,” skipper Simpson said.

“We’ve got a tough month, I think we need to come through unscathed, if we avoid defeat then I think we’ll be right up there.

“Everbody is contributing at the moment, we aren’t just relying on one person.

“I’m not sure we can afford to lose another game, I’ll be more than happy if we can get 52 points from the last five games.”

It was a weekend to remember for the club.

On Sunday, the second team defeated South Shore in the Loxham Cup final.

In a one-sided encounter, Longridge were worthy seven wicket winners.

Simpson added: “I’m pleased for everybody involved with the second team.

“They’ve got an unbelievable side and I think the win will spur everybody on.”