TEAM spirit will help Boston Cricket Club climb up the Lincs ECB Premier table. That is the opinion of First XI captain Tom Baxter.
Despite the winless Mayflower men propping up the rest of the county’s top flight, Baxter believes the attitude of the players is getting more resilient following the wekend’s defeat at Bourne.
He said: “The mood in the camp is still good. Obviously, no one enjoys losing and at the end of the day if we haven’t won the game we haven’t done what we wanted to do.
“We are a very close group, and on Saturday I saw signs of smiles on players faces returning, which is something that has been missing over the past few weeks.”
And with those smiles coming back, Baxter believes the close-knit club have something to build upon.
“As a group of people, there is not a better set of lads I have been around,” he said.
“We spend so much time together and if players aren’t enjoying being there, then they won’t perform.
“We all enjoy being there and this is something I feel will help us when it comes down to the crunch games in the second part of the season.
“We have looked at a few things we can change and, as a side, we will be looking to pick up our first win on Saturday.”
This weekend sees the Firsts host Grimsby. Defeat would see Boston reach the halfway stage of the season without a victory.
But memories of relegation five years ago are spurring Baxter’s boys on.
The captain continued: “I have heard the dreaded R word being spread around over the past few months, but that is nothing more than is expected when you are bottom of the table.
“I was unfortunate enough to be in the side that got relegated in 2007, and that is something we are all aiming to stop happening this year.
“Although it is easy to say that, I still think we will win games this season.
“I feel that our next few games will make or break our season.”
But with Hartsholme winning on Saturday, Boston are now 23 points behind at the bottom.
Baxter added: “It isn’t getting any easier as captain, that is for sure.
“We are bottom of the table and Hartsholme managed to win on Saturday which has pulled them further away from us.
“This is our last game of the first half of the season next week, and Grimsby will be a decent side that will test us.
“However, I still feel we can pick up a victory that will take us one step closer to our aim of being in this league next year.”
As the Firsts host Grimsby on Saturday, the Seconds are at Blankney in the South Lincs and Border League Division two.
In Division Three, the Thirds are away at Lindum.
The Friendly XI travel to face Kirton’s Graves Park in the R.P. Smith Transport Friendly League.
A day later, the Sunday Firsts are away at Bracebridge Heath in the Lincoln and District Sunday League Premier Division.
In Division One, the Sunday Seconds host Sleaford.