Essex Division One: Harold Wood ready for promotion shoot-out

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 August 2016

Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner celebrates a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner celebrates a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Battle to go up now between Wood and Southend

Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner believes both they and promotion rivals Southend have a similar run-in to the end of the Essex League Division One season.

Wood host Orsett tomorrow (Saturday) with just three points separating them from second-placed Southend, who entertain Hadleigh.

The final round of games then sees Wood visit Hadleigh, while Southend go to Billericay.

With Wood set to face Orsett, who are fourth, this weekend it appears they have a harder end to the season.

But Brabner is swift to reject that suggestion, noting the quality which runs throughout the division.

“I think we both have similar run-ins. On paper, Orsett looks a more difficult match because they’re higher in the table, but it’s hard to split the teams from fourth to ninth in this league,” he said.

“It’s a tight league and we’ve seen that, Upminster aside, everyone can beat everyone, so I don’t think there’s too much difference in our run-ins.”

With so much still to play for so late in the season, many teams make use of modern technology to see how their rivals are faring.

So it is no surprise, then, that Brabner expects Wood to be no different with so many options to check on Southend’s progress in their games.

“I’m sure we’ll be having a look to see how Southend are getting on – it’s a shoot-out between us,” he added.

“They hold the advantage at the minute, but we’re confident if they slip up that we can take full advantage.

“Orsett will be tough for us this weekend, though.”

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