Gidea Park aim to have fun in the sun

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 June 2015

Gidea Park & Romford captain Jamal Francis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gidea Park & Romford captain Jamal Francis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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GPR travel to Leigh hoping rain does not stop play

Jamal Francis hopes Gidea Park & Romford will like to be beside the seaside as they travel to Division Two rivals Leigh tomorrow (Saturday).

Park are currently in the middle of their best run of results this season having not lost in three matches.

Francis says that has lifted the squad’s morale as they near the midpoint of the campaign and he hopes that can spur them on to success at Leigh.

“We’ve been in good form recently, even if we did have a tricky win at Ardleigh,” he said.

“But there have been some really pleasing signs in recent weeks. The rain stopped us from possibly getting another win against Harlow Town.

“The weather last weekend means the boys are even more determined to get the correct result at Leigh.”

Tomorrow’s opponents are just 18 points ahead of Park in what has quickly become a very compact mid-table area.

A victory this weekend could see Francis’ men go above Leigh in the standings, but he is fully aware his team may not have things all their own way.

“From previous experience of playing them, we know they like to score quickly, but their bowlers are pretty good too,” he added.

“They know how their bowlers like to bowl and they set up specific fields for every one of them.

“They know their wicket better than anyone else, but I remember that while it’s not the quickest, it is very true.

“There is also the issue of the pitch overlapping with Westcliff so that will be an experience for the boys. All I’ll say is expect a lot of runs.”

Park were thwarted by the rain in their previous fixture with Harlow Town which ended in an abandonment.

The start was delayed, but when play began Harry Thompson took 2-24 before the heavens opened again and brought an early end to the afternoon.

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