Morecambe captain Dixon: Now let’s finish the job

Morecambe celebrate a Jamie Cassidy wicket against Fleetwood. Picture: Tony North
Morecambe celebrate a Jamie Cassidy wicket against Fleetwood. Picture: Tony North
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Morecambe captain Josh Dixon is determined his side will finish the job and win the Northern Premier League title.

Having often played down his side’s title chances the opening batsman can’t ignore the fact his side are 14 points clear at the top with five games to play.

They also have a game in hand on chasing pack Darwen and Blackpool as they close in on a championship they last won in 2006.

He said: “We’re in pole position.

“We’ve got ourselves in a great position and we can’t not talk about winning the league because that’s what we want to do now.

“We’ve got to finish off what we started back in April.”

Saturday’s seven-wicket win over Fleetwood at Woodhill Lane was largely down to Gareth Pedder’s unbeaten 108.

Dixon said: “I’m really pleased for Gaz.

“He batted really well but we know all about his talent because he’s been a pro in our league.

“We had an opportunity with Woody being injured to give him a go at the top and we took a chance and he batted brilliantly.

“I think it’s one of the best amateur knocks I’ve ever seen.”

Pedder is one of a number of experienced heads to return to regular first-team cricket this season and Dixon believes it has made a big difference.

He said: “Talking these lads back into the first team has been a big part of our success.

“We’ve always had the talent at the club and it’s been about harnessing it.

“Some of the more experienced guys coming back has given us a really nice blend.”

The crucial final five games start at Leyland on Saturday with games against Darwen, Blackpool and Lancaster also standing between Dixon’s men and the title.

He said: “All the games in the run in are really tough.

“We’ve got the derby to come and Darwen and Blackpool.

“We’ve got all the teams to play around us so it is in our hands but it’s going to be tough.

“As for Leyland they’ve got Lancashire’s Luis Reece in their side who has something like five hundreds in his last seven innings.

“It’s a potential banana skin.”