Football: Netherton boss seeks a jump-start

Chris Hansford (left) has turned down the chance to leave Netherton for Peterborough Sports.

Chris Hansford (left) has turned down the chance to leave Netherton for Peterborough Sports.

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Netherton United manager Jon Harrison wants his side to get the jump on the rest of the Peterborough Premier Division.

Netherton travel to Ketton tomorrow (August 1, 10.45am) for the only top-flight action of the weekend. It’s an early kick-off to accomodate the desires of the ‘Ground Hopper’ brigade.

“It’s like a Sunday League match except there will be three officials and both sides will have more than 11 players,” Harrison stated.

“But we would be ready no matter what time we had to kick off. We’ve been looking forward to a competitive match for a month and we are raring to go.

“There’s a 6pm curfew on the lads for tnight to make sure they are fresh for kick-off!

“We don’t know a lot about Ketton so we will concentrate on our own performance.

“I’m happy with my squad. We’ve strengthened the positions where we were weak last season and I aouldn’t swap my squad for anyone else’s.”

Netherton have seen off a seven-day approach for star central defender Chris Hansford from higher-level Peterborough Sports.

Midfielder Ashley Jackson has returned to the club after a brief spell with ICA Sports and Herbie Panting has moved to Netherton from Stilton.

Pre-season results have been mixed with a fine win over Sports being followed by an 8-0 drubbing by Deeping Rangers.

“We were missing a few key players that night,” Harrison added.

“And Deeping were very impressive. If they don’t finish in the top five of the United Counties Premier Division I’ll be amazed.”

Former Posh youngster Fraser Sturgess has left Netherton to play for Deeping.