CAPTAIN Chris Park insisted Bournemouth would “respect the game” as they prepare to face two sides vying for the Southern Premier League title.

Lions visit second-placed St Cross on Saturday (12.30pm) before hosting league leaders Bashley a week later.

And, knowing his side could have a big say in the title shake-up, wicketkeeper-batsman Park will be urging his side not to take their foot off the pedal.

He told the Daily Echo: “The next two weeks will be interesting.

“I am sure there will be a lot of people watching the scoreboards and the play cricket websites. It will be interesting to see where the league finishes up.

“We didn’t play St Cross earlier in the season and we have a very close local derby with Bashley.

“There are no easy games in the Southern Premier League. We are going to respect the game and play to win it in all cases as we always do.”

Sixth-placed Lions are not yet mathematically safe from relegation to Division One, although victory this weekend could confirm their survival.

Jacob Gordon and Dan Conway are set to return for Lions after being unavailable for last week’s defeat to Hampshire Academy.