Harold Wood’s Clarke confident of victory against Orsett

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 July 2017

Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke (second right) and his team-mates look on from the boundary (Pic:Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke (second right) and his team-mates look on from the boundary (Pic:Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harold Wood chairman Tom Clarke believes they need to concentrate on their own performance against Orsett in their Essex League Division One match this weekend.

Former captain Clarke and his team-mates play host to league strugglers Orsett on Saturday and are confident of getting back to winning ways after suffering derby defeat against Gidea Park & Romford last time out.

“I think every game at the moment we’re just looking at ourselves and trying to improve everything,” said Clarke.

“I think we will take a few lessons from the Gidea game and take that into the Orsett game.

“We just want to raise our game in every aspect and if we do that we will get the win.”

Wood should be back at full strength, barring captain Richard Brabner, who is expected to be missing for the next few weeks.

“We should have a couple players back, although Richard will not be back,” added Clarke.

“Shabs (Khan) will be captain again – he has some experience of being captain and will be able to lead the team like Richard in his absence.

“Matt Sewell will be back, so having him back in the team will be a big boost for us.

“Hamzah Ikram could be back from a fractured finger, but that’s unconfirmed right now.”

Clarke also admitted he doesn’t know lots about this weekend’s opposition, but that doesn’t bother him, as the side are just worried about themselves.

“Not overly, we have played Orsett several times in the past and know they have some decent players, but we’re not concentrating on the opposition, we’re concentrating on our own performance,” he said.

The former first-team skipper believes it’s ‘not a must-win’ game by any stretch, although his side need to keep winning to achieve their goals come the end of the season.

“It’s very tight at the top of the table, with only a few 
points between everyone,” he said.

“Every game is important as if we don’t win there is a good chance other teams are going to take advantage of that.

“This match is not a must-win by any stretch, but we do need to keep winning games.”

Harold Wood will host Orsett at Harold Wood Park from 12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

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