Lea Park have their eyes firmly set on a promotion challenge in the Bassetlaw & District League this summer.
After just missing out on the top two in South Forest Division Three last year, skipper Andrew Dewick and his men are determined to go one better this time around.
“Out top target is to be promoted this time, that is the big focus of everyone and we’re confident we can achieve it,” said Dewick.
“We’ve strengthened the side over the winter and we want to be in the top two and there is the added spice of the games with Roses this season, so we want to be Gainsborough’s top team as well.”
Park have bolstered their batting over the winter, signing Ed Cook and all-rounder Ashley Page, who will also boost the bowling ranks.
“I think we’ve got a good mix of youth and experience in the side this summer and that should swerve us well,” Dewick continued.
“We’ve also had a season at our new ground now and now we know how that plays, what the wicket is like, and what conditions are like and that should give us more of an advantage this season.”
“All in all, we’re looking forward to the season, there’s real confidence about the club and we’ve got our sights firmly set on the top two.”
One of Lea Park’s new rivals this season will be their neighbours Roses who are relishing the prospect of taking on the challenge of a higher division this season after their promotion from Division Four last year.
“We’re all looking forward to is, it’s a going to be a real challenge and one that we believe we are up to,” said skipper Andrew West.
“Last season was a successful one for the club and we want top build on that this year at the higher level.”
“I think first and foremost, we will be looking to establish ourselves at that higher level and that’s something I believe we can do.”
“We probably need to find a little more consistency in our batting for that and we’ve signed Richard Keightly from Messingham to help on that front.”
“But our fielding has always been a strength of ours and if we can keep performing at the sort of levels we’ve been showing in the past, that will help us win a few games.”
“The derby with Lea Park is something we’re all looking forward too as well and we’re confident we can perform at this level and compete against better teams and the better players that we’ll meet in this division this year.”
In Batting 4 6 Division Four, it has been all change at Marshalls with last year’s skipper Martyn Snell stepping down to concentrate on coaching and Nathan Plumtree now at the helm on the field.
The club will also be also be fielding an midweek team with the junior players at it’s forefront, which will be led by Haydn Green with Ben Marriott & Zak Metcalfe as joint vice-captains.
“There is now a clear vision of where the club want to be and what Martyn Snell and Rob Ridler have done behind the scenes this off-season is terrific,” said Plumtree.
“The people now here have only the club in mind and this is how we can progress”.
“But it will take time. For the next year or two we want to progress as a club, then hopefully we will be in a better position to introduce the junior members we develop over the next few seasons into the senior side and challenge for honours.”