Town must cut out the sloppy errors or wave the title goodbye

Paul McMahon takes the last Horton House wicket.
Paul McMahon takes the last Horton House wicket.
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Peterborough Town must cut out the sloppy errors or face elimination from the Northants Premier Division title race before the half-way point.

Town have won six of their seven matches this season, but they are 20 points adrift of leaders Rushden, a surprise package who have taken the competition by storm this season.

Twenty points is not an unsurmountable gap in a division which offers up to 30 points for a win, but skipper Lewis Bruce has been looking at the forthcoming fixtures.

His side start a tough run of games at Rushton on Saturday, whereas Rushden have a very friendly-looking run of games throughout June.

Bruce said: “I can see Rushden winning their next four of five matches so it’s important we do the same or we will find ourselves a long way behind.

“We’ve been winning games pretty easily, but we have been making mistakes that will be punished by the better sides.

“The loose shots and the dropped catches will have to stop or we will find ourselves on the wrong end of results.”

Fourth-placed Old Northamptonians and second-placed Finedon are also on the horizon for Town whose win over bottom club Horton House last weekend maintained their own third place.

Town also host Rushton in the last 16 of the Northants Twenty/20 Cup next Tuesday (June 16) when Premier Division rivals Oundle travel to Fourth Division Raunds.

Paul McMahon (6-48) was in top form in Town’s seven-wicket win over Horton who slumped from 93-1 to 160 all-out and he carried his good form into Cambs’ Minor Counties Championship opener at Staffs scoring 118 runs and taking nine wickets in the two-innings match, but his side still went down by 13 runs.

McMahon claimed 7-32 from 28 overs in the second innings.

Scores: Staffs 229 (J. Dawborn 3-58, J. Barrs 3-76, P. McMahon 2-33, S. Rippington 2-48) & 158 (P. McMahon 7-32). Cambs 239 (P. McMahon 68, R. Woolley 31, J. Barrs 29, M. Cafferkey 22, B. Howgego 21) & 135 (P. McMahon 50).