CATCHING A BREAK: Rob Ambrose felt Spalding were fortunate to beat Grimsby so easily. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Ambrose feels Spalding Town are far from dead and buried after Grimbsy Town victory

Skipper Rob Ambrose admits that Spalding Town’s hopes of Lincs ECB Premier League survival would have been all but over if they had failed to beat Grimsby last Saturday.

Ambrose led a patched-up side to a seven-wicket success (see page 38) to move off the bottom, but admits it wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests.

The Saturday sees in-form Woodhall Spa visit Spalding Grammar School (noon) for the start of a tricky run of fixtures – with Ambrose adamant that his team need a minimum of three wins between now and the end of the season to have any chance of staying up.

He said: “I think we’d have been deep in the mire if we’d lost. To be honest, I’m still not sure how we won so well! We got stuck into them early on and went from there.

“It was vital for us really. We’ve had some poor results lately and selection has been tricky.

“What we need is a minimum of three wins to have a chance, but there are a few more teams in the battle this year.”

Saturday’s fixtures

Lincs ECB Premier League (Sat, noon): Bracebridge Heath v Boston; Grantham v Alford; Louth v Bourne; Market Deeping v Lindum; Sleaford v Grimsby Town; Spalding v Woodhall Spa.

South Lincs & Border League (Sat, 1pm)

Premier Division: B’boro v Sleaford 2nd; Boston 2nd v Spalding 2nd; Bourne 2nd v Skegness; Freiston v Grantham 2nd; W’hall Spa 2nd v Stamford.

Division One: Boston 3rd v Welby Cavaliers; Claypole v Belton Park; Moulton Harrox v Long Sutton; Skegness 2nd v Billingborough 2nd; Timberlands v Baston.

Division Two:  Grantham 4th v Spalding 3rd; Graves Park v Long Sutton 2nd. (Sun, 1pm): Pinchbeck v Freiston 2nd.

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