Simpson wants discipline from his Longridge team

Longridge opener James Whitehead.
Longridge opener James Whitehead.
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Ian Simpson is calling on his Longridge team to go back to basics ahead of Saturday’s must win fixture against Hoghton.

After a fine run which saw the Chipping Road outfit win 12 league and cup games in a row.

Longridge are now on a four-match losing streak.

The poor run has left Longridge sitting fourth in the Palace Shield Premier Division table, 17 points off leaders Great Eccleston.

Saturday’s opponents Hoghton are languishing just above the relegation zone .

With all to play for in the game, skipper Simpson admits improvements are needed.

“We need to discipline ourselves as a team,” he said.

“We’ve been throwing wickets away as a team, one month ago that wasn’t happening. We have to win on Saturday, it doesn’t matter about the performance it’s all about getting the points.

“We need to come out and be aggressive, we want Hoghton to be on the back foot.”

Despite a poor weekend in which Longridge were beaten in the semi-final of the Meyler Cup by Thornton Cleveleys, and only picking up six points in an abandoned tie against Croston.

The club have been handed some positive news as three players were named in the Palace Shield Inter-League Twenty/20 team.

Simpson, Alex Mason and Danny Wilkinson will all represent the league at finals day, which takes place at Great Harwood Cricket Club on Friday, July 2.

Simpson added: “It’s great to have three representatives, and it’s good for the club.

“It’s a really good day out and it’s good to test yourself against the best players in other leagues.”