Essex League Premier Division: Upminster confident ahead of Chingford opener insists Matt Tigg
PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 May 2017
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Newly-promoted club are also in action on Sunday, as they make the trip to local rivals Wanstead in the National Cup
Matt Tigg is pleased with how Upminster are progressing ahead of this weekend’s Essex League Premier Division opener away to Chingford.
Upminster secured an 81-run win at Old Brentwoods last Saturday in the second round of the Essex League Cup, but were in trouble at several stages of their innings.
But after coming through positively, having also seen off local rivals Brentwood in a close first-round encounter, Tigg is looking forward to facing Chingford tomorrow (Saturday).
“You don’t want to win every game comfortably in pre-season and in the cup at the start, so I am pleased we have had some difficult situations,” he said.
“We have managed to get through them all well and we have plenty of confidence ahead of Saturday. Hopefully we can carry on this good form.”
Chingford will provide Tigg’s team with a tough test, although they did struggle in 2016 and only just avoided the drop after finishing above the bottom two.
You might have expected newly-promoted Upminster to prefer to start at home, but their skipper isn’t too fussed.
“Usually I would say I’d rather start at our place, but we have played so many away games this year that I am not too bothered,” said Tigg.
“It just means we turn up a little bit earlier and can prepare well, rather than worry about the ground duties.
“Obviously it is pretty close as well, so I am not too fussed about starting away. We are all looking forward to it.”
Tigg doesn’t have to make many tough decisions regarding team selection this Saturday either with Alan Ison and Harry Jenkins unavailable.
Upminster were without the likes of James Evans and Connor Whetstone last weekend, so they will slot straight back in.
“I’m lucky this week that ‘Al’ and Harry are not available, so that helps when it comes to picking the team,” added Tigg.
“With James and Connor coming back in, it’s two quality players replacing them, but it will be a nice problem to have later in the season.”
For a number of Upminster’s squad, Saturday’s game will be their first ever in the Premier Division.
Tigg is confident they can handle the step up and backed them to show their worth at Chingford tomorrow.
Upminster are also in action on Sunday, as they make the trip to local rivals Wanstead in the National Cup.
“We shouldn’t have to worry about playing any team this year. We are confident about what we can do,” said Tigg.
“I don’t think we need to worry about specific players or teams, we just need to focus on our own game.”