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Gaffney delighted Wells are playing for more than just survival now

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 August 2018

Woodford Wells players celebrate a Hainault wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Woodford Wells players celebrate a Hainault wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The Monkhams Lane club still have work to do, but are looking up rather than down following three wins in a row

Woodford Wells entertain Essex League Division One rivals Colchester and East Essex on Saturday and home captain Jon Gaffney knows both sides need a victory.

Only four fixtures are left in the 2018 season and virtually every club has something to play for heading into the last month of the campaign.

While Colchester’s aim is to finish in the top two and win promotion, Wells are looking to stay above the relegation zone, but three wins in a row has boosted their spirits and they are now looking up.

Gaffney said: “Saturday is a big game for both sides and we go into it with a lot of confidence as I am sure they will too.

“We feel we are now looking up. If you looked at the table three weeks ago, we were nearly gone.

“We were in a really tricky situation and under a lot of pressure, but we’ve managed to get out of it and it gives us confidence going into the last four games of the season.

“A lot of clubs are playing for different things now like qualification for the 2019 T20 competition because you have to finish sixth or higher to get into it, so that’s a big thing.

“I think a lot of people like to play in that format, so we all have stuff to play for even if it isn’t promotion because that seems too far away from us now.

“We are still looking up and setting ourselves objectives and trying to finish as high as we can in the table.”

Last weekend, Wells picked up a vital five-wicket victory away to basement club Orsett & Thurrock to move 22 points above the bottom two.

Gaffney won the toss, put the hosts into bat first and managed to restrict them to 199-5 off 50 overs.

Orsett were 19-5 at one stage with Gareth James (4-30) and George Ellis (2-27) running riot at the top of the order, but Wells were still content to be chasing just 200 to win.

Although the visitors also made a poor start with the bat, Tanveer Shah showed his class on his injury return.

Wells’ number four struck a superb 105 off 112 balls to see his team close to the finish line after coming in at 15-2.

Once Shah was dismissed, James kept a cool head and finished unbeaten on 36 to get the Monkhams Lane outfit home in the 46th over.

“Three wins from three is brilliant and exactly what we needed. We had three games against teams that were in and around us and to come away with 60 points is massive,” Gaffney said.

“It gives us a real air of confidence going into the last four fixtures of the season against sides which are above us.

“Thankfully we are going into this run of games with three wins from three and that is significantly better than going into it off the back of losses.”

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