ENFIELD captain David Bracewell is looking to professional Alviro Petersen to sign off with a match-winning performance to get his side's title push back on track.
Petersen plays his final game for more than a month in tomorrow's (Saturday) top-of-the-table clash with Ramsbottom at Dill Hall Lane.
The all-rounder then links up with the South African Emerging Players squad for a tour of Australia, which counts him out of Enfield's next seven games.
Petersen's absence will leave a big hole to fill with substitute professionals but Bracewell is hoping for a final flourish to keep Enfield clear in the championship race before he boards the plane.
"It would be nice for him to win us the game against Ramsbottom to take us a bit further ahead of them.
"I hope he can give us a good signing off performance before coming back at the end of July," said Bracewell.
An eight-wicket loss at Burnley on Sunday made it back-to-back league defeats for Enfield and Bracewell does not want to see their seven-point advantage at the top eroded further.
He added: "We have stuttered a bit but we have not lost that much ground because of other results.
"We have got away with it in a way but we have got to try and stop the rot as soon as possible and get back to winning ways.
"We had such a good start to the season that we had a bit of a cushion but it's not something we want to sit on.
"There are clubs closing in behind us in a bit of a pack and another defeat could see us down in third or fourth place."
Enfield enjoyed mixed fortunes last weekend with the league reverse on Burnley preceded by a derby win over Church in the quarter-finals of the Inter-League Trophy on Saturday.
Chasing an Enfield total of 177-7, Church were well placed to give their season some much-needed cheer when they reached 53-1. But they then lost five wickets for the addition of just seven runs as their middle order was wiped away.
Professional Ruvin Peiris was left high and dry on 49, made from 70 deliveries with five fours, as Church were finally all out for 116 to lose by 51 runs.
Petersen had earleir hit 81 off just 87 balls with 12 fours and a six. The South African reached his half-century in 62 deliveries, sharing a third-wicket stand of 70 with Adam Bracewell.
Enfield now face a home semi-final against holders Littleborough Saturday, July 15 with East Lancashire and Haslingden meeting in the other last-four clash in a repeat of the 1998 final. Littleborough thumped Ramsbottom in their quarter-final and are going well in the Central Lancashire League.
But Bracewell was not too unhappy with the draw in a competition which is providing valuable exposure for a number of the club's younger players and fringe first-teamers.
He said: "We have always set our sights on doing well in this competition. A trophy is a trophy and we have not done much since being runners-up in the league four years ago.
"It would have been a tough game whoever we play against. East Lancs are going well at the moment and Haslingden can beat anyone on their day.
"It might be a blessing that we are going in against an unknown team who we don't fear and hopefully we can keep the run going and try and win something."
Enfield will not be tasting success in the Lancashire League 20/20 competition and were looking for their first win in their final group game against Church last night.
Victory for Church would keep alive their hopes of progressing, while Accrington, who play East Lancs tonight, and Rishton, whose final group game is at East Lancs next Thursday night, are also still in contention.
This weekend's Lancashire League programme is being played tomorrow with the Worsley Cup semi-finals taking centre-stage on Sunday. Church's hopes of just a third league success will be severely tested by re-vitalised Burnley, while Accrington look to get back to winning ways at Lowerhouse.