United captain Ricky Campbell said his side’s next three games in the Mid North Coast Premier League cricket competition are must-win.
United plays the struggling Taree West at the Johnny Martin Oval tomorrow. Then they meet the improving Macquarie at Chatham Park and currently third placed Port Pirates at Port Macquarie.
United dropped out of the four when beaten last week by Wauchope at Wauchope.
Campbell said there were extenuating circumstances, with the toss providing crucial.
“I was away, but the boys told me they lost the toss and were sent into bat,’’ Campbell said.
“It was pretty wet and it was tough batting for the first 15 or so overs.’’
However, Campbell said conditions improved as the wicket dried out. United scrambled to a competitive 141, however, Wauchope ran down the total in less than 30 overs.
United will be close to full strength this weekend.
Campbell returns as does Dean Mills while opening bowler Jackson Witts has completed suspension.
Veteran spin bowler Danial Stone will be away, but Campbell said United will be able to cover his absence.
Campbell appreciates that Taree West is enduring a tough summer.
“But it’s always a challenge when the Manning sides play each-other,’’ he added.