Collard: Park have to build on victory

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 June 2015

Gidea Park & Romford in batting action against Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gidea Park & Romford in batting action against Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Batsman wants team to pull away from drop zone

Gidea Park & Romford are chasing consecutive league wins for the first time this season and Russ Collard is confident they can achieve that when they play host to Harlow Town tomorrow (Saturday).

Park notched their second win of the season last time out away to local rivals Ardleigh Green.

It was a win that propelled them up the table and stalwart Collard knows another win this weekend can advance them further.

“No matter what win it is, whether it is a derby win or not, you must build on the confidence you get from it,” said Collard.

“It would be nice to get two in a row and hopefully we can string four or five wins together. That would put you in a good position.

“The Ardleigh win has given us a platform to build on for the rest of the season. We played well in that fixture.”

The win over Green allowed Gidea Park to make the perfect start to the series of 50-over matches.

Fixtures across all divisions will now be played in the shorter format until the middle of August, a period where Collard believes Park can make great strides up the standings.

He added: “The way the season is now, with the 50 overs in the middle rather than at the start and end, you can put yourself in a decent position with a good run.

“We’re aiming for a finish in the top four, but we’ll see where we are once we have finished the 50-over matches.

“We’ll take each game as it comes because we know we can be hit by player availablity. Team efforts mean far more than individual performances in this division.”

Park have called up a number of younger players to play for the first team in recent weeks.

Against Green, Harry Thompson saw three catches dropped off his bowling while James Pegram (1-25) managed some reward.

And long-serving Collard admits it is pleasing to see the next generation coming through the club to great effect.

“We’ve got some guys who are coming through the youth teams here and starting to play in first-team matches,” he said.

“They’re all training very hard and it’s great to see that hard work paying off for them in the matches.”

Aside from those youngsters, Collard says he has been impressed by Kasi Hoq.

“Kasi has been superb for us this season and I don’t think he’s getting the plaudits he deserves,” he added.

“He’s done really well as a wicket-keeper and as a batsman too. He’s like another all-rounder in the squad.”

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