RAMSBOTTOM skipper Tom Parton is hoping his side end up on the right side of the weather in a pivotal weekend in the Lancashire League title race.

It’s a double header and leaders Walsden and second place Ramsbottom are on the road in both games.

Parton’s men head to Church and Crompton in fine form and are determined to make new boys Walsden work for the title.

“It’s a double header, there might be a bit of weather around so hopefully we end up on the right side of that and continue to put some pressure on Walsden,” he said.

“We play two good sides in Church, who’ve had a fantastic year, and Crompton, who have held their own.

“Walsden have been the standout performers all season, you only have to look at the scorecards to see they’ve put on a show.

“But there’s no point in them slipping up and then us slipping up as well. We’ve got to take it to Church and Crompton.

“I don’t know what to expect from Crompton, none of us have played there before, but Church will be a tough game, they’re as competitive as ever.

“We’ve been playing well all season, we’ve got to keep on doing what we’ve been doing.

“We’ve only suffered two defeats in the league. One was to Clitheroe in early July and the other was Walsden away at the end of May.”

Meanwhile Ramsbottom have signed South African George Linde as professional for the 2019 season.

Former Darwen professional Linde is a left arm spinner who bats in the middle order for the Cobras franchise.

Parton said: “We were keen to sign another first class spin bowler after the recent success of other spinners.

“We look forward to welcoming him in 2019 and wish him well for the forthcoming season in South Africa.”