Winscombe's Coe calls on his side to come with 'confidence' against Butleigh

Winscombe's Mike Coe and Tom Hall.

Mike Coe congratulates Tom Hall after Winscombe CC's win at Uphill Castle CC. - Credit: Josh Thomas

Winscombe manager Mike Coe come has called on side to come to the game against Butleigh “with confidence and belief in themselves” after maintaining their unbeaten start to the season with a seven-wicket victory at Uphill Castle.

Saturday’s game will be the first time the two sides have met since 2014, the year Winscombe suffered relegation to the West of England Premier League Somerset Division One.

“We used to play Butleigh every year when we were up in the WEPL but we came out of there a little while ago,” said Coe.

“I think they came down a couple of years ago, we haven’t played since because of Covid so will be nice to renew the rivalry and seeing how it goes.

“Get them up to our place and give them a good game hopefully.”


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Winscombe have started the season well with two wins and one draw from their three games so far.

Despite  matches with North Petherton and Shapwick & Polden being cancelled due to the weather, Winscombe returned to their first game in three weeks by beating leaders Uphill Castle.

All smiles for Winscombe CC at Uphill Castle CC.

All smiles for Winscombe CC as they pose for the camera after their game with Uphill Castle CC. - Credit: Josh Thomas

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"We are looking for promotion and we think we are a good side so we came here expecting a tough game but a game we knew we could win," Coe added.

"It’s not a surprise we won but nevertheless Uphill is a very tough place to come, they are really good at their own ground, they are a good side and of course we are thrilled to have won.

“The main thing for the lads is to come with confidence and belief in themselves and some of the lads manage to train more regularly than others.

“The thing is come with that team spirit and the team ethos you really need to pull through in games. If you have got that team spirit it allows individuals to shine within that team and show what they are really capable of and that’s what Tom Hall in particular has been doing in the early games of the season.”

Coe was full of praise for Tom Hall after scoring his second century in back-to-back games, adding: “He’s been fantastic, he came though our youth system and he’s been very loyal to the club.

“It’s a pleasure to watch him play. He’s had a reputation as a bowler who can bat, but he’s really showing that his batting has come on and on.

“It’s his mental approach. He got beaten a lot early on in the innings but he didn’t let it bother him, he got his head down and got himself in.

“Once you get in it gets easier and easier and he’s learning that’s the case and that’s a real trick of proper batting.

“What we have got to make sure as a unit is that we don’t come to rely on Tom. He’s starting at the moment but we have got to make sure that others step up to the plate.

“Chris Clough with the ball was absolutely brilliant, he took four wickets early on and that actually got us into the game and gave us belief right from the start. We need everyone in the side to be doing that.”

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