A season-defining fortnight ahead for Peterborough’s FA Vase stars

Jordan MacLeod is mobbed by his team-mates after hitting the winner for Peterborough Northern Star against Peterborough Sports in the FA Vase.
Jordan MacLeod is mobbed by his team-mates after hitting the winner for Peterborough Northern Star against Peterborough Sports in the FA Vase.

Peterborough Northern Star co-manager Darren Jarvis reckons his side are facing a season-defining fortnight.

Star secured a third round FA Vase tie at home to Hellenic Premier Division side Flackwell Heath after beating city rivals Peterborough Sports in a seven-goal thriller last weekend.

That tie will take place at Chestnut Avenue on December 6, but before then Star have a couple of tough away matches in the United Counties Premier Division - Kempston (November 29) and Wisbech (December 2). Their scheduled trip to Huntingdon last night (November 26) was postponed.

“If we can get four to six points from those two matches we will go into some very winnable games in great shape,” said Jarvis, whose side are currently fifth.

“It was a great night at Sports. It was a great game, full of action and entertainment from both sides and played in a terrific spirit.

“The next round looks tough as Flackwell are a mid-table team displaying top three form. We only know what the internet tells us , but we will prepare as though they are a tough side.

“That’s for the future though as we have some key League games before then.”

Teenage star Jordan MacLeod scored a brilliant 88th-minute winner at Sports in a game that also saw two red cards and seven yellow cards.

Star led 3-1 early in the second-half thanks to goals from Phil Stebbing, Andy Law and Avelino Vieira, but the dismissal of substitute Luke Avis on the hour-mark, just after Scott Bogusz had pulled a goal back for Sports, transformed the contest.

Andy Boome soon equalised, but a red card for Sports full-back Kevin Holt switched momentum back in Star’s favour and MacLeod struck.

“We were struggling to hold on at 3-3,” Jarvis admitted. “But their red card turned things in our favour. It was a great advert for local football though and those who braved horrible weather to watch probably felt it was worth it.”

The match attracted 205 paying customers despite heavy rain.