Harold Wood skipper Perrin keen to bounce back against Woodford Wells

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 July 2018

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (middle) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (middle) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin is keen to bounce back to winning ways when they face Woodford Wells this weekend.

Perrin and his side will travel away to Woodford on Saturday as they look to get their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One title push back on track.

They slipped from second in the table to fifth last weekend with a six-wicket derby defeat to owly Upminster.

“This week is gone, Woodford Wells is now a good opportunity to bounce back, but never is it going to be an easy game,” Perrin said.

“We’re looking forward to it though.”

Skipper Perrin believes it’s still wide open in the race for promotion and whoever performs in the final month of the season will come out on top, adding: “It’s very tight at the top, Hutton have a little bit of breathing room, but second to fifth it’s wide open.

“It’s all still to play for, but we know we will have to be good for the rest of the season to be in the play-off fight come the end of the season.”

Harold Wood will once again be without a handful of first-team players due to injury and unavailability, but Perrin insists the squad is strong enough.

Second-team batsman Juwel Roy came in and impressed with 48 runs last weekend and Perrin said: “We’re still missing three players, but hopefully they will be back available in the next few weeks.

“We will have a few of the second boys once again this week, but they did well last week. Either way we still have enough good players to be winning games in this league.”

Perrin called last weekend’s result and performance bitterly disappointing, as Wood were dismissed for just 159 and lost by six wickets to their struggling rivals.

But he has backed the second-team players to continue stepping up.

“Disappointed is a bit of an understatement, we were really poor and Upminster were the better side on the day,” Perrin said.

“Nothing positive, the only thing was a couple of the new boys came in from the second team and they did pretty well. It was the rest of the first-team regulars who let the side down.”

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