Non-league: Boss Plummer is determined to stop his side leaking points

Peterborough Northern Star striker Nick Davey (right) challenges for possession at Eynesbury.
Peterborough Northern Star striker Nick Davey (right) challenges for possession at Eynesbury.
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Peterborough Sports boss Chris Plummer is demanding a bumper haul of United Counties Division One points from the rest of the January programme.

Sports’ promotion hopes took another knock this week when they lost 1-0 at fellow high-fliers Potton.

That’s three 1-0 defeats against promotion rivals in recent weeks for the city side, but they are still right in contention for one of the two guaranteed promotion slots.

Sports are fourth, but just three points behind second-placed Lutterworth who visit the city in the first game of February.

“We have suffered some frustrating results against the other top sides lately,” Plummer admitted. “But there is no point in dwelling on disappointing results. At the end of the day we are still well in touch with the leaders and we must now focus on picking up as many points as we can before we play Lutterworth.

“The 1-0 defeats could all have gone in our favour with a more favourable bounce of the ball. The goal at Potton was an unfortunate own goal after a defensive mix-up, but we didn’t play badly.

“The pitches have turned against us as we like to get the ball down and play, but shots that were flying into the top corner earlier in the season have now started flying over the crossbar.

“We’re still confident though and there are still plenty of points to play for.”

Sports are at lowly Irchester this Saturday and also meet Blackstones, Olney and Raunds before squaring up to Lutterworth.

Sports and city rivals Peterborough Northern Star both suffered a downturn in results following their epic FA Vase tie in November.

Star have just had a decent week in the Premier Division though winning 6-3 at Oadby before drawing 2-2 at Eynesbury.

Teenage talent Jordan Macleod bagged a hat-trick in the final 10 minutes of the Oadby game and contributed a goal and an assist at Eynesbury for fourth-placed Star.