We’re lack­ing 20 per cent in our games laments Wal­ters

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

MAGHULL lost their sec­ond game in suc­ces­sion last week­end as Spring View recorded a size­able 119-run vic­tory at Old Hall Field.

Paul Wal­ters won the toss for the hosts and elected to field, but View’s Lewis Matthews and David Gor­nall’s put on a cen­tury part­ner­ship for the first wicket.

From there, it was all up­hill for Maghull. The vis­i­tors de­clared on 254-8 and only Jonathan Ring (44) and An­thony Mol­loy (30) posted re­spectable scores in re­sponse.

Wal­ters’ men were even­tu­ally skit­tled for 135, and he’s urged his play­ers to start win­ning games when they’re not at their best.

“Ob­vi­ously with hind­sight you’d have cho­sen to bat,” he re­sponded when asked about his de­ci­sion to bowl first. “It’s just down to a bad day re­ally. Ev­ery­thing that could have went wrong did go wrong.

“When they put 108 on for the first wicket they have all the mo­men­tum and that set the tone for the whole day. We tried to claw it back but the dam­age was done early on.

“When we got in for our in­nings the pitch was still fine. We just bat­ted ter­ri­bly.

“We were in the game for a while and then once we lost one wicket we lost three or four in the space of a few overs. The game was done then.

“It was a big score to chase and they ap­plied good score­board pres­sure.

“They mixed things up a bit and we were never go­ing to play for the draw, so it’s just the way things work out.

“I think last Satur­day was the first week we bat­ted and bowled poorly. We’ve played 80% of all our games well - it’s the 20% that’s let­ting us down.

“It will click even­tu­ally and we’ll get it all right.

“Un­til then we just need to make sure we’re win­ning games when we’re not at our best.”

Maghull have the chance to re­spond twice this week. They take on Burscough this evening in the Liver­pool Echo Knock­out Cup be­fore host­ing run­away league lead­ers Caldy on Satur­day. The vis­i­tors have won all six of their league games this sea­son, boast­ing a per­fect record.

“Apart from Caldy who’ve won ev­ery game it’s a quite con­gested league ta­ble be­cause ev­ery­one is beat­ing each other,” Wal­ters said. His side are cur­rently sev­enth but just 33 points from sec­ond.

“It’s a long sea­son and I’d never be too wor­ried or ob­sessed with the league ta­ble un­til the last quar­ter of the cam­paign.”

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