Stand-in captain Tavarasa admits Ilford ‘must-win’ against Upminster
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 July 2017
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Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa admits it’s a ‘must-win’ game against Essex League Premier Division strugglers Upminster this weekend.
Tavarasa’s side travel to Upminster on Saturday and are hoping to turn round their recent form.
The skipper might not be fit to feature himself and is expecting the line-up to remain the same as their last match against Chelmsford.
“It’s a must win game for us,” Tavarasa said.
“It’s a very important game for both the teams.
“We both need wins right now and if we lose we will be looking in real trouble.”
Tavarasa didn’t feature in the last match and is expected to miss out again this week.
“I’m not sure I will be able to play as I fractured my finger,” he admitted.
“The team will most likely be the same as it was against Chelmsford, unless something changes.”
He believes the match against ninth-place Upminster will be a tough test despite their struggles this season.
“Upminster have won their last two so we can’t take them lightly,” Tavarasa explained.
“They have some real match winners like Alan Ison who can win them matches in their team.
“They’re a tough side they are a decent bowling attack and a good batting line-up.”
The current captain admits the side need to go back to the basics and worry about their own performance against Upminster.
“I don’t know what the wicket will play like, but we know we need to score big runs and get 10 wickets early.
“We will not be wary about what they have, we’re just going to do the basics and try to bowl and bat well.
“Everyone has to come to the party to get us a win.”
Tavarasa has also put the pressure on his team-mates to start performing or find themselves close to the relegation zone.
“I have told the boys it’s a must win game for us because if we don’t win we have to start looking down the table instead of up.
“We had a long chat in the changing room after the match and we know we have to take individual responsibility now.
“We’re playing Upminster, Colchester and Chingford in the next three games. Out of those we need to win at least two.”
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