Boss Harrison is keen for history to repeat itself

Netherton after their PFA Senior Cup final defeat.
Netherton after their PFA Senior Cup final defeat.

Netherton United manager John Harrison is hoping history repeats itself in the final of the Peterborough League’s President’s Shield at PSL on Saturday (May 9, 5.45pm).

The city side beat King’s Lynn Reserves, the best team in the Premier Division, in the final last season and they again face the champions, Oakham United, in the final this weekend.

Netherton are also out to make amends for a defeat on penalties to Coates Athletic in the PFA Cup Final last month.

“Oakham are worthy champions,” Harrison admitted. “They were the best, most consistent team by a country mile over the season.

“They have some exceptional players like Robbie Dance and Ed McDonald backed up by a lot of good players who rarely have bad games.

“That’s not to say we can’t beat them though. We lost to them at the start of the season at their place to a last-minute goal and drew with them at home.

“We’re probably going to finish about seventh or eighth, but that’s a false position because we’ve been managing the squad to try and peak for the cup finals.

“We’ve over-achieved this season in some ways as we started and then finished the season badly. We’ve had a hectic run of games in recent weeks, but we enjoyed winning this competition last season and we want to experience the same feeling again.

“We’ll be up for it, make no mistake about that. We have lost one cup final this season and we don’t want to lose another.”

The President’s Shield Final is preceded by the League Shield Final (PSL, 1pm) between leading Division Four outfit Stanground Sports and Division Five runners-up FC Peterborough.

The Peterborough League anticipate no relegation from any of their divisions this season because they are expecting several new teams to join.

Requests for demotion will however be considered.

Because of the influx of new teams there will be no play-offs for promotion in Divisions Four and Five.

If play-offs are needed for Divisions Two and Three they will take place on Saturday, May 16.

Oakham United first team will leave the Peterborough League this summer as long as their application for a place in the United Counties League is granted.