Make or break for Cuts says Jones
Malachi Jones believes Willow Cuts’ game against champions Bailey’s Bay tomorrow at White Hill Field will be a make or break match in the club’s title challenge.
Currently nine points behind league leaders Southampton Rangers after last weekend’s rain-out against Devonshire Rec, Cuts will not be looking for any slip-ups in their crunch match at home.
Admitting that now is not the time for any inconsistency in their performances, Jones noted that this could be the match that really shows whether or not his side are genuine title contenders.
“Every games is critical, especially this one because of our situation last weekend in our rain-out match against Devonshire Rec. So we have to be ready to get the win when the games starts,” Jones said.
“When you look at how the standings are shaping up and with the bonus points available for each match, you have to start thinking outside of the box if you are to win the title.
“We fell back into third with last week’s result and a loss this week will put us behind the eight ball in terms of catching those in front of us so we need to be ready and look to get all available points in the match.”
The match is also of the utmost importance to Bay, who have already suffered two losses, to Somerset on opening day and Cleveland County last week at home.
Another defeat for them and Jones believes their title defence is over.
“A loss for them will see them out of the race as well because three losses is too many to win the league, especially when you have to play the smaller teams who everyone will be looking to take maximum points from.
“In the end it comes down to how bad we want it. We are only nine points back and still have to play St David’s later in the season so it will be close doing down the stretch.”
Elsewhere around the league tomorrow, Somerset Bridge make the long trek to Lord’s to take on St David’s, while Southampton Rangers and PHC lock horns at PHC Field.
Western Stars welcome Somerset to St John’s Field, Southampton Oval will see Warwick and Devonshire Rec play, and Cleveland County take on Flatts at Wellington Oval.