Relegation a short-term setback says chairman

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Woolpit Cricket Club chairman Paul Loft says relegation would just be a short-term setback if the club were to lose their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League status.

The club have two games to save a topsy-turvy campaign, starting at home to Horsford tomorrow and away to Norwich next weekend.

The equation is simple for Woolpit, who just need to score more points than nearest rivals Saffron Walden to stay up.

Loft said: “We don’t want to go down and will be doing everything possible in our final two games to try to stay up.

“It would be a short-term setback if we were to go down, but we are not even thinking about that at the moment.”

Woolpit’s season has taken a turn for the worse since the departure of key batsman Sean Dickson who signed a contract with county outfit Kent midway through the season.

In the early weeks of the season, Woolpit were riding high in the league standings.

“Our target at the start of the season was to finish mid-table and had we still had Shaun I think that would have been achievable,” said Loft.

“If we do stay up, hopefully we can regroup for next season.

“Other than Sean and our captain Andy (Northcote) we generally have a young side who are still finding their feet in the Premier League.”