Non-league: Northern Star hope for big crowd as they face Flackwell test

Northern Star's management team have won back-to-back manager of the month awards in the the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. From the left are Andy Isabell (ChromaSport), Michael Goode, Darren Jarvis and Mark Wilson (ChromaSport). Photo: David Lowndes
Northern Star's management team have won back-to-back manager of the month awards in the the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. From the left are Andy Isabell (ChromaSport), Michael Goode, Darren Jarvis and Mark Wilson (ChromaSport). Photo: David Lowndes
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Northern Star co-boss Darren Jarvis is convinced his players can handle the pressure of another ‘massive’ FA Vase assignment.

Star entertain highly-rated Buckinghamshire side Flackwell Heath in a third round tie at the Mick George Arena on Saturday.

They have lost just one Hellenic League Premier Division game all season and recorded a thumping 8-0 win in the last round of the Vase.

Star were worked considerably harder as they needed a last-gasp winner to sink neighbours Peterborough Sports in a city derby clash.

Jarvis said: “It is a massive occasion on Saturday and we have already proved that we can win big games this season.

“We would love to emulate the Star team of a few years ago which reached the quarter-finals and the financial rewards are also huge for a club at our level.

“The boys could not be more excited, but we know we will need to be at our absolute best against a Flackwell team who are clearly in very good form.”

Star will certainly need to perform better than they did during a frustrating United Counties League Premier Division goalless draw at Kempston last Saturday.

They failed to overcome a team reduced to 10 men late in the first half.

Despite that disappointing end to November, Star bosses Jarvis and Michael Goode have scooped a second successive Premier Division manager-of-the-month accolade.

Star lost only once last month while winning two FA Vase games and making progress in two other cup competitions.

Jarvis added: “We’re very proud to be deemed worthy of another manager-of-the-month award.

“Just as in October, much of the credit goes to the players who have been fantastic so far this season.

“To be sat fifth in the league table and still in four cup competitions at the beginning of December is very pleasing.”

Other local sides involved in the Vase on Saturday include Wisbech Town, who entertain the Walsall Wood side they beat at the same stage of last season’s competition, and Holbeach, who travel to London Colney.