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Fourth-place finish for West Wratting in the Kershaw Premier would be a 'massive achievement' says manager Michael Bavester

By Sport Haverhill

Michael Bavester says a fourth-place finish in the Kershaw Premier would be a ‘massive achievement’ for West Wratting this season, writes Alex Moss.

BATTLE AHEAD: Michael Bavester’s West Wratting go to sixth-placed Comberton United this weekend, before hosting fifth-placed Fulbourn Institute next week
BATTLE AHEAD: Michael Bavester’s West Wratting go to sixth-placed Comberton United this weekend, before hosting fifth-placed Fulbourn Institute next week

The Bull Lane-based outfit finished 14-points clear at the top to be crowned champions in 2017/18, but this term has seen manager Bavester having to rebuild his side following the departure of many of his title-winning squad.

Wratting sit fourth in the table and trail current leaders Linton Granta by 12 points, ahead of a trip to sixth-placed Comberton United this Saturday (2pm).

And with four of their remaining nine games against sides in the top six, Bavester knows it will be a tough challenge to keep hold of fourth spot, but nevertheless is feeling positive about what the future holds for his side.

“After the start we had and losing a lot of the side which won the league last season, we had to rebuild,” the Wratting boss said.

“The team has been growing of late and we’ve put a run of games together, winning three or four on the bounce.

“If we can consolidate and finish fourth this season, that would be a massive achievement.

“We’re looking at the top six realistically, and that would be a successful season for us.

“We’re a young side with plenty of energy and pace and I hope we can keep most of the squad for next season, and bring in two or three new players and keep building.

“We’ve got nine games left now, only three of them are at home and the other six are away, and we’ve still got to play CUP (Cambridge University Press) and Shelford.

“But on our day, and I’ve said this a few times this season, I think we can give a game against anyone in the league.

“There’s been times this season where it’s been down to us making silly mistakes, which have cost us, whereas last season we got clean sheets down to a fine art.

“This season we’ve got younger players, but they are learning.”

Bavester will be without Tony Beck for the game against Comberton through suspension, while Riki Baker (unavailable) and Kyle Clarke (injured) also miss out.

“Comberton will be a tough game and it’s a tough place to go,” he said. “We played them at home earlier in the season (5-1 win) and we were quite convincing that day.

“But I’m expecting a much tougher and closer game this time. We’re away from home and we’ve got a few missing through suspensions and injuries.”

Wratting saw last weekend’s home clash with Eaton Socon fall foul of the weather, while leaders Linton Granta’s trip to Hemingfords United was also postponed.

Lee Miller’s men, who hold a four-point lead over Great Shelford at the top with 10 games to go, host Bar Hill (13th) on Saturday (2pm).

  • Linton Granta Reserves moved seven points clear at the top of Mead Plant & Grab 1A after beating Mott MacDonald 4-0 at the weekend. James Haylock scored a hat-trick and Tyler Thurgood also found the target.

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