“I think it’s always the case that getting the first win is the hardest part.”
So says Burton Latimer captain Damon Hanney after his side put a cat among the relegation pigeons as they claimed their first win of the season against Horton House.
The four-wicket success means that Burton are now 11 points behind both Wellingborough and Horton and a further eight adrift of Stony Stratford.
And with Stony due to visit Hall Field tomorrow (Saturday), Hanney wants to drag them into trouble.
He said: “We see this weekend as a game that we are capable of winning, especially on our own ground. We know we can bring Stony right into it if we get a positive result.
“It’s great to have that first win and it was very important for us, especially after going so close the week before against Wellingborough.
“We were very disappointed not to win that game so to bounce back in the manner we did was fantastic.
“Hopefully it will give us a lift and inspire us to go and do it again this weekend.
“We have a few people back for the game and, after what happened at Horton, it gives us some decisions to make.
“It is the last game of the first half of the season and we would love to go into the second half with a bit of momentum.”
At Denton Road, Nick Shelford and Hanney took 4-34 and 4-28 respectively as Horton were rolled out for 102, a total that was passed for the loss of six wickets as Luke Odell made an unbeaten 67.
And Hanney was delighted for in-form Odell, who had gone so close to seeing his team home against Wellingborough the previous week.
“Luke has been scoring a lot of run of late and he was bitterly disappointed not to see us home against Wellingborough,” Hanney added.
“We bounced back as a team at Horton and Luke bounced back from a personal point of view. He deserved that moment and hopefully he can build on it.”
Elsewhere on Saturday, leaders Finedon Dolben take on Old Northamptonians at Avenue Road as they look to maintain their charge for the title following a frustrating draw at Peterborough last weekend.
Wollaston moved up to second spot after a crushing win over Wellingborough Town last week and they will be looking to keep up their pursuit of Finedon when they take on Horton House at London Road.
There is a derby clash at Redwell Road as Wellingborough take on mid-table Oundle while Rushton, 10-wicket winners over Stony last weekend, welcome Northampton Saints to Station Road.
And it is fourth against third at the Dallas Burston Grounds as Brixworth take on Peterborough.