Staying up in the middle section of the Foster’s Halifax League this season would be “a massive result” for Luddenden Foot.
That’s the opinion of vice-captain Danny Jones, whose side are embroiled in a three-cornered fight to avoid the two relegation places in a cut-throat eight team division.
Foot, who were promoted from Division Two behind Low Moor last year, are currently 12 points ahead of Outlane and six ahead of Clayton with six games left.
The High Lee club have all the top five to play with two games against fifth-placed Low Moor likely to be critical.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Jones said: “There are no easy games in this division and it would be a massive result if we could stay out of the bottom two.”
Foot, who are captained by Gareth Swain, lost by 85 runs at home to leaders and the 2012 league and Parish Cup winners SBCI last Saturday.
The result may not have been great but Foot bagged maximum batting points and the sides below them moved no nearer.
Jones said Foot had two particular reasons to be optimistic.
The first was the arrival of former Northowram Hedge Top captain Ollie Hemingway, who took five for 100 as SBCI racked up more than 300 last weekend.
The second is the continued improvement of the club’s rising stars, notable Isaac Baldwin. He has had two centuries and an 81 in his last three knocks.
Jones said another teenager, Tom Hosker, was having a superb season with the ball while left-armer James Stott was also showing great promise.
“The juniors are really starting to improve and there is a belief in the club that we will stay up.
“If we can do that, then next year we will be looking to make more gradual improvement.”
There are plenty of juniors in the seconds and Jones said the club would not be frightened to promote them.
“If they are good enough they are old enough. They are fearless and do a job.”