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Woodford Wells expect tough test

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2015

Latest news from the Essex League (pic: Graham Hodges)

Latest news from the Essex League (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Johnson will not take Upminster lightly

Woodford Wells captain Joe Johnson says Essex League Division One relegation candidates Upminster will be doing everything to get the victory against his side on Saturday.

Upminster have lost their last three matches and have slumped to ninth, just three points above bottom club Orsett.

But Johnson claims the threat of the drop will spur on their opposition even more this weekend.

“It won’t be an easier game against Upminster because they will be fighting hard to try and stay up so I think they’ll be doing everything they can to try and get the win,” said Johnson.

Wells have not been in the most consistent run of form themselves, having only won twice since the start of June, with three defeats and one draw in that period.

They now find themselves fourth, 54 points adrift of Premier Division hopefuls Southend in second place.

Asked about their chances of promotion, Johnson said “I think it’s over for us now. We will probably have to win every game from now until the end of the season to stand any chance and even then we’d probably be relying on other results.

“The availability of our lads isn’t as good as it has been so we’re struggling a bit at the moment. We missed our key players on Saturday and we’re going to miss a few of them again this week.”

Wells will still be without high-scoring batsman William Rogers for their upcoming game. Rogers, who hasn’t played a match this month, last featured in the 48-run win against Southend when he hit a season’s best of 76.

“He normally accelerates our run count towards the end so he’s going to be a big miss for us,” added Johnson. “He’s been one of our leading run scorers so far so obviously other people have got to step up to the plate.”

However, there is a silver lining for Wells who will eagerly welcome the return of Rory Ellison against Upminster after being absent for their defeat against leaders Hornchurch last week.

“Having Rory back will be a massive boost for us. If he had played on Saturday we would have had a better chance of winning,” he added.


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