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'Woolpit clash will not define season'

Batsman Graham Ford has insisted Worlington’s 2018 campaign will not be defined by the outcome of Saturday’s top-of-table clash at Woolpit (1pm).

PLENTY TO PLAY FOR: Worlington's Graham Ford
PLENTY TO PLAY FOR: Worlington's Graham Ford

Worlington head into the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One fixture with a 21-point lead over their second-placed hosts, who have won their last five games in succession.

A win would make Worlington the clear favourites to go on and lift the title, but Ford has stressed there would still be plenty of points left up for grabs before the season reaches its conclusion on September 15.

“It is a big match, but there are also eight more matches to play,” said Ford, who captains the club’s Sunday side.

“The weekend is important, there is no getting away from that, but I think there is still a bigger picture.

“We got a good result against Ipswich (one-wicket win last weekend), especially when you consider we were missing four or five players – it was a massive result.

“It is not a must-win game, but we do open up a bigger gap if we win, so that is the target.

“But win or lose, nothing is going to be decided right then.”

Worlington have never finished higher than fourth in Division One – a feat they achieved during the 2016 season.