Brentwood keen to finish strong while Shenfield look to avoid the drop
PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 September 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West is keen to finish the season on a high note and cement a third-place finish in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.
West’s side travel to strugglers Hadleigh on Saturday for their final match of the season as look to cap off a mixed season with a victory.
But the skipper feels they can no longer play a part in the relegation battle as he feels their opponents are already safe.
“We want to finish on a high and finish in third, it’s disappointing to finish there, but we’d rather finish there than fourth,” said West.
“I think Hadleigh might just be safe now as I can’t see Shenfield and Ilford getting wins. I reckon it will between one of them two to go, so it will quite interesting to see how it pans out.”
West says his side can play without any pressure but insists plenty of his squad are still keen to reach personal targets this season.
“There are a couple of boys who have some targets they want to try and hit so it would be to be able to do that,” he added.
“We’re hoping going to try giving one or two youngsters a go in the game if possible.”
Brentwood still have plenty to be positive about according to West as they will be eagerly watching their lower sides’ scores as they could potentially still seal three league titles this weekend.
“There is still a lot of positivity around the club as the second XI, fourth XI and fifth XI are all playing for a title this week,” he added.
“We can still potentially come away with three titles.”
Neighbours Shenfield face a must-win clash against mid-table Chingford at the Courage Playing Fields.
Jack Kliber’s side have to look for a win and hope Ilford suffer a defeat to their local rivals Wanstead & Snaresbrook in order to remain in the Premier Division in their final match of the campaign.
They go into the match on the back of a six-wicket derby defeat to West’s Brentwood last weekend.
“They won the toss and batted looking to go for the extra points, but I think our bowlers were very clinical on a wicket that offered a bit to the seemers and put them under pressure straight away,” said West.
“I think for us, with not a lot to play for in the league, the pressure was off so a couple of guys just went out there, had a bit of fun and tried to express themselves.”