Clarke: Castle Park can ‘inspire’ Wood

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 July 2015

Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke directs his field at Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke directs his field at Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Harold Wood eagerly awaiting trip to Colchester

Harold Wood travel to Essex T20 champions Colchester this weekend and Tom Clarke says the team are looking forward to playing at one of the best grounds in the county.

The main Essex county side play several matches a season at Colchester’s Lower Castle Park ground.

And Wood skipper Clarke believes the surroundings will act as a great motivational tool for his team.

“It will be nice to play there. They’re a good side and we always seem to have a good match when we play them,” said Clarke.

“They have got some good players in good form. Harry Bush hit a century against us before, but if you focus on one player, they’ve got others who can take the game away from you.”

Wood will hope to bounce back after defeat against Chelmsford, coupled with wins for their fellow battlers in the Essex League Premier Division, saw them drift back to the foot of the table.

But Clarke believes the team can take confidence from the results for their relegation rivals, adding: “Last weekend, there were a couple of upsets with teams lower down the table beating those up top. We have to make sure that’s us now.

“There is still a third of the season left to play, so there are still a lot of points to be won and lost.

“We’ve just got to remain positive and ensure we are still in with a chance come the final weeks.”

A win this weekend would go a long way to ensuring that is a possibility for Clarke’s men come the end of the season.

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