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Crunch time for Zebras says Lambe

The Warwick-based club open the second half of the season in second place, one point behind leaders Devonshire Cougars who they play tomorrow at Southampton Oval in a crucial top of the table clash.

In their two meetings this year against the Devonshire side they have lost both times in close contests.

Lambe believes the first of three big games will go a long way to shaping their title challenge given how their last two campaigns have gone.

“It is very important given where the two sides are. In the last two seasons we have been in a similar position and we have struggled, so in order to jump start the second half of this season we need to get some sort of result out of this match,” he said.

“The last few times we have played them they have gotten the better of us so we feel as if we owe them something. That will be the mindset because we feel we should be getting more out of our games against them than we have been getting.”

There won’t be any respite for Zebras after their match against the ‘Big Cats’, with a derby date against Southampton Rangers, who are in third, followed by a home clash against champions Dandy Town, who are in fourth, immediately after.

With all of four sides within five points of each other, the striker is looking to come out of the run of hard games unbeaten.

“We play Cougars, the Rangers followed by Dandy Town and these three games will determine our season because after these matches we have a pretty straight forward run-in.

“They are all around the top with us so if we can get some points out of these games, or more importantly not lose any of those games, then we will be ok.

“The idea is to not lose games and as long as we can do that for the opening part of the second half we will be ok heading into the final stretch.”

In the two remaining games tomorrow, Rangers travel to St John’s Field to lock horns with fellow title hopefuls Dandy Town who will be looking to get back to winning ways after their Friendship Trophy loss to Cougars on New Year’s Day.

St George’s welcome Flanagan’s Onions to Wellington Oval in a battle of lower table sides looking to get off on the right foot and get clear of the relegation zone.

All games kick off at 3pm.

Somerset Trojans welcome Robin Hood to Somerset Cricket Club tonight, with kick-off set for 8pm.

In First Division action, Ireland Rangers take on X’Roads at Malabar, while Prospect and Paget do battle at Police Field, and Devonshire Colts make the short trip to Goose Gosling Field to play BAA.

League leaders St David’s entertain Boulevard at Lords, and a rematch of the Shield final will take place when Somerset Eagles go to Wellington Oval to face off against Hamilton Parish.

All First Division matches are scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm.

PHC's Kevin Lambe (left) sees tomorrow's clash against league leaders Devonshire Cougars crucial in their bid to wrest the title.
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Published January 05, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 04, 2013 at 5:21 pm)

Crunch time for Zebras says Lambe

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