South Woodford captain Craddock hoping to continue winning form

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 July 2017

Joe Craddock in action (Pic: Graham Hodges)

Joe Craddock in action (Pic: Graham Hodges)


South Woodford captain Joe Craddock is hoping his side have reached a ‘turning point’ ahead of their Essex League Division One fixture against Harold Wood, writes Jacob Ranson.

Craddock’s men host Harold Wood tomorrow (Saturday) and will be hoping to continue their good form from their last outing against Harlow.

Although he did admit they will be missing key players again, including Kasey Harris and Harry Shirt.

“It looks like it will be how it has all year. Selection is a problem, we will probably have a few guys away again,” said Craddock.

“Kasey is away, which is frustrating as he has just come into a bit of form.

“Harry is away again as well, he has weddings for the next two weeks!

“It’s very frustrating, but everyone has personal lives and none of us are professionals, so it happens.”

Craddock is expecting a tough test against Harold Wood, but is hoping they can grab another victory to turn their season around and get off the foot of the table.

“Hopefully that last week was the turning point for us,” he admitted.

“We were looking at the table this week and it was a much-needed win.

“I look at the league table and there is only 40 points from top to bottom, so that just shows you how tight it actually is.

“Two wins and you could be right up near the top of the table.”

The skipper was in a confident mood ahead of the match because he believes they were unlucky the last time they faced Wood.

“We played really well against Harold Wood at their place and we were very unlucky not to win in that one,” added Craddock.

“We just need to put a few wins together, that’s what we need to focus on.”

Craddock is hoping Essex opener Nick Browne will be in the line-up for the fixture and heaped praise on him after his 89 from 79 balls, including a six and 13 fours inspired the side to victory at Harlow.

“It’s always a bonus, not only for him to come in and do well, he is obviously a top player, but he just gives everyone a boost,” added Craddock.

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