LIGHTCLIFFE are still on course for promotion despite last weekend’s results.
That is the message from the club cricket chairman James Horne.
On Saturday Lightcliffe tied at home with Yeadon and on Sunday in one of the few games to take place lost at Keighley.
Horne said the next two weeks could define the season.
But he believes that after 13 games iand a lead of over 40 points over third place Jocky Wilson’s men are well on target for a return to the top flight after a 10-year absence.
On Saturday promotion hopefuls Bowling Old Lane visit and the week after there is a crunch ’40 pointer’ at Roberts Park against table-toppers Saltaire.
Horne feels a repeat of last season’s form dip is not about to happen.
“We have more depth than last season, so we can cope a bit better with injuries and holidays.
“The mood remains positive and the vibes in the dressing room are good. We have much to look forward to.
“There is also a nice cushion over third place.
“Our loyal supporters are desperate for us to go up and we are confident we can be in the top two come September,” he said.
Lightcliffe had enjoyed a fine first half to their JCT 600 Bradford League Campaign and Horne said he was “delighted” with how things are going on the pitch.
With injuries, holidays and work commitments, the firsts have already fielded 20 different players, but he said it underlined how much strength in depth there was at Wakefield Road.
“Things are going well for us. We had a setback at the weekend but over the course of the season those are always going to happen.
“It’s how we respond that matters most,” said Horne.
“We have played good attacking cricket with bat and ball and things have really clicked into place for us.
“The new signings, Alex Stead and Chris Greenwood have contributed well and we are looking forward to getting paceman Gary Severn back from injury.
“Chris Taylor has once again been a run machine for us. His solid starts have set the tone for our batting,” he said.
“Josh Wheatley, Rhys Jowett and Greg Godfrey and myself have all chipped in at key times.
“We are batting, bowling and fielding as a well drilled unit.”
He said that mid order batsmen Matty Taylor is likely to be out for the season, but promising juniors like Jacob Waterson and Tom Lightfoot have stepped up from the seconds and played really well.
“The wickets have been shared round, with Evan Edwards, Chris Greenwood and Alex Stead doing the bulk of the bowling.
“Backed up the spin of Josh Wheatley and the fast Richard Tessyman we have quite a balanced attack,” said Horne.
He also praised the club’s gound staff.
“Once again our home wickets have been fantastic thanks to the work of Rod Heyhoe and his hard working team.
“We are lucky to have probably the best groundsman in West Yorkshire preparing belting wickets week in week out.”