CAPTAIN Louis Cant feels a positive result this weekend could see Braintree Cricket Club take a big stride towards the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division two title.

Braintree will face promotion rivals Frinton seconds with revenge fully in their minds after the Seasiders beat the Dolphins when the two met on the coast earlier in the campaign.

That defeat remains one of just two that Braintree have suffered this year and a 44-run win at Dunmow last weekend strengthened their hold at the summit of the division two table.

Cant knows it will be a tough game against Frinton, but his team have won their last four and are feeling buoyant ahead of the visit of the Seasiders to Panfield Lane.

"Playing a side like Frinton, we all go into it knowing that they are a top side," said the Braintree skipper.

"And with revenge on our minds, I’m sure we won’t have any issues getting fired up for this one.

"We felt we were unlucky there, with Barry (Stephens) picking up a horrible injury.

"However, he is back and very much in form.

"All of our key players are firing on all cylinders at the moment, so I fully anticipate to flip the previous result on its head.

"If we can pull off a win, it’s a huge step in terms of getting our hands on the title.

Cant expected a strong Braintree team to be available for what could be a key game.

He added: "Other than Ben Golds missing, we have a full strength squad and we have second-team players really pushing for a place too, which is a great problem to have."

Braintree head into the fixture with confidence after their 44-run victory against Dunmow extended their winning run to four games, but it wasn't a completely straightforward success this time.

The big-hitting of Cant's team has seen them racking up some big scores in recent weeks, but they were under par with the bat on this occasion and needed a half-century from opener Warren Celiz and some defiance from the lower order to carry them to 174.

Dunmow made a solid start to their reply to the Dolphins' modest total, but the spin of Dean Bass and Cant saw the pair pick up five-wicket hauls as the hosts crumbled from 108 for two to 130 all out.

Cant said: "The belief and determination we showed to get the job done was immense.

"We threw some key wickets away, but our lower order showed unbelievable heart to get us to a defendable score.

"We knew they had only reached 200 once this season, so we felt we were well and truly in the game at the halfway stage, with 170 on the board.

"Our opening bowlers did everything they could, but it just wasn’t their day.

"But the game really turned on it’s head with the introduction of spin and once we got through the top four, there was no stopping us.

"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - champion sides win when they aren’t playing well."