Netherton chasing a hat-trick of Northants Cup shocks

Netherton's Dwayne Rankin battles for possession against Moulton Harrox.
Netherton's Dwayne Rankin battles for possession against Moulton Harrox.

Charismatic Netherton United boss Jon Harrison is adamant his side will complete a hat-trick of United Counties League scalps at The Grange on Saturday.

On paper the Peterborough Premier Division side are underdogs in their Northants Junior Cup quarter-final against Wellingborough Whitworth, but on the artificial surface at The Grange (2pm kick-off) the city side fancy their chances.

Netherton have already beaten UCL Division One sides Woodford United and Stewart & Lloyds in earlier rounds.

“Unless the UCL table is lying, we must have a great chance of reaching the semi-finals,” Harrison stated. “Stewart & Lloyds are third, while Wellingborough are in the bottom half and we deserved to beat Stewart & Lloyds.

“At our best I would be very confident of victory, but we might not even have to be at our best. It can be very difficult for visiting teams to play on our surface, but we won’t be taking them lightly.

“We had them watched recently and they fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 so they are clearly a team that fights for each other and doesn’t give up.

“It’s a competition we are keen on winning. It would be great for the city if we got to the final and ended up playing PeterboroughSports.”

Netherton warmed up for their cup tie by becoming the first team to take a Premier Division point off leaders Moulton Harrox last weekend.

A set-piece strike from Steve Mastin gave Netherton a half-time lead, but Ollie Maltby equalised 20 minutes from time to at least preserve Moulton’s unbeaten record.

“We were much the better side in the first-half,” Harrison claimed. “But in the second-half they showed why they are doing so well.

“They stick together and play some decent football. Our goalkeeper Ross Ingram had to make a ‘worldie’ save to keep us level towards the end.

“It was a great game though and a draw was probably a fair result. We missed a good chance to go 2-0 up in the first half and they hit the crossbar in the second-half.

“They are easily the best team we have played.”

Moulton’s lead at the top was cut to three points by Whittlesey Athletic’s 1-0 win over Holbeach United Reserves. Ricky Hailstone claimed the goal.

Netherton are seventh, but with games in hand on most of the teams above them.