Morecambe captain and chairman Tommy Clough admits his side have a fight on their hands to keep their season alive.
The Woodhill Lane outfit look out of the running for Northern League honours after a poor start with big TWP Wealth Twenty20 and Readers League Cup games on the horizon.
In another busy week, Morecambe first travel to Lune Road for a derby in the shorter format against Lancaster on Friday before playing Preston at Woodhill Lane in the league on Saturday and Blackpool at Stanley Park in the Readers League Cup on Sunday.
All that comes before a return Twenty20 game against their local rivals at Woodhill Lane next Tuesday, June 24.
Clough said: “We’ve been poor in the league so far and only the biggest optimist could see us winning it this year.
“Our chances of competing at the top end look to have gone already.
“That makes the Twenty20s and the League Cup a lot more important.
“We need to start putting in better performances or we’ll find we’re out of everything at the halfway stage.
“We fighting to keep our season alive.”
Clough knows it is batting, from top to bottom, that has been the primary source of his side’s woes.
He said: “It just hasn’t worked.
“Our batting has let us down and people just aren’t taking responsibility.
“And I’m not just talking about the top five or six because I think that we bat a long way down.”
Clough will hope that starts at Lancaster on Friday night.
He said: “If my players can’t get themselves up for Friday then I think they’re playing for the wrong team.
“We need something to kickstart our season.
“It’s one of those things, we’re putting in the effort in practice but it’s just not coming good.”