Morecambe eye top-four finish in Northern League

Morecambe opening batsman Mark Woodhead hooks for four in the recent derby with Lancaster.
Morecambe opening batsman Mark Woodhead hooks for four in the recent derby with Lancaster.

Morecambe are confident of a top-four finish in the Northern League Division One with three weekends of the season to go.

After seeing Saturday’s clash at Netherfield washed out, the fifth-placed Woodhill Lane outfit host Blackpool this weekend hoping to continue their fine recent run.

Evergreen opening batsman Mark Woodhead said: “We’re still looking at the top four.

“We see the Lancashire Colts game (on the Sunday of the penultimate weekend of the season) as a game in hand.

“If we win in we’ll only be a few points behind Lancaster (currently third).

“It looks like Barrow are going to win it and Leyland will be second but third, fourth and fifth are all still to play for.”

A top-four finish would mean Morecambe qualify for next season’s Lancashire Cup and it has become a real possibility after a good recent run after some patchy form in the middle part of the season.

Woodhead said: “It all started when Lewis (Edge, former captain) stood down and scored a century the next week.

“We’ve also had players who’ve decided they only want to play in the seconds.

“So a couple of people who’ve shown potential in the seconds, like James Law and Jake Smith, have been called up and you’re left with a first team of players who really want it and are up for the challenge.”

That challenge starts with Blackpool at Woodhill Lane.

Woodhead said: “They’ve got a cup final on the Sunday so may rest a few against us.

“A win there would then set us up for the game at Fleetwood the following Saturday who are currently in third.”

Lancaster also saw their game against Chorley at Lune Road abandoned without a ball being bowled on Saturday.

Ben Simm’s side host Barrow this weekend.