CONFIDEBNCE may be high in the Boston Cricket Club camp right now - but captain Paul Timby says struggling Woodhall Spa will offer the Mayflower men one of their toughest tests of the season.
The two rivals lock horns at the Mayflower this Saturday.
Boston, in third in the Lincs ECB Premier, go into the contest after securing a victory at second-placed Grimsby Town and earning a winning draw at defending champions Bourne.
However, Timby reckons second-bottom Woodhall will pose a different threat.
“To be honest, Saturday’s match will be one of the hardest we’ve had all season.
“Woodhall have a lot of players with links to Boston.
“And when any player returns to an old club they can find an extra 10 or 15 per cent.”
Jack and Tom Luffman, Pete Epton, Nick Bishop, Nic Stone, Ricky Lovelace and Dan Milgate are among the Spa squad who have previously represented Boston.
“The confidence is massively high in the camp right now,” Timby added.
“But we have to take Woodhall seriously.
“Like in any sport, a local derby can throw any weird result up.
“You can look at the table and think we’ve got every chance of taking maximum points on Saturday - but sport doesn’t work like that.
“When players know each other results can change.
“We’ll be ready for them, but guarded - local teams can be the most difficult opponents.”
Timby also praised an ‘all-round team performance’ on Saturday, which saw the Mayflower men take 17 points from their visit to Bourne.
Matt Ward struck 80 runs, but Timby said every member played their part in the success.
“That’s about the best we’ve played as a team this year,” he added.
“It was an all-round performance.
“Quite a few chipped in with the bat and the bowling and fielding was just first class.
“Bourne may not be in the form they were last season - but it’s still a very tough place to go.”