Life is about to get tougher for all-conquering Peterborough Sports and manager Jimmy Dean couldn’t be happier.
The city side’s domination of United Counties Division One continued with 14 goals and six points in the space of four days.
Sports have won all 16 of their league games to open up a 15-point lead at the top and they’ve scored an astonishing 85 goals following a 6-1 win at Woodford and an 8-1 success at St Neots Saints.
Dynamic duo Avelino Vieira (31) and Karl Gibbs (25) have scored 56 goals between them in all competitions. Both scored hat-tricks in the win at St Neots.
Sports should win easily again this Saturday as they travel to lower level Kettering Nomads in the Northants Junior Cup, but that’s quickly followed by a mouth-watering city derby against Premier Division Peterborough Northern Star in the United Counties League Cup on Tuesday (December 1) .
Dean wants his side to challenge strongly for four trophies - they have a December meeting with Godmanchester in the Hinchingbrooke Cup - and he’s looking forward to some more competitive games.
“I knew we had a good squad capable of challenging for promotion,” Dean said.
“But no-one at the club expected things to go this way. I know our rivals point to the money we spend, but Stewart & Lloyds spend more and we are 15 points clear of them.
“The attitude of the lads has been brilliant. They approach each game the same. There is no complacency and we are playing some really attractive football.
“St Neots played well against us, but once we got in front we were rampant. That’s been the case in many games.
“But we will get a much better idea of where we are at by the end of December as we have some really hard games coming up and I’m pleased about that. We like a tough game as long as we win it.
“We are obviously looking forward to the Star game. There are about 13 players in my squad who used to play for Star!
“This match is 50/50. It could easily go either way as Star tend to play well against the better sides.
“Star boss Seb Hayes is a good manager who is very good at setting teams up to frustrate opposition. They’ve beaten Deeping this season and gained a good draws against Holbeach.
“They might lack the quality to dismantle weaker sides, but they will make themselves hard to beat and our own playing surface could work against us as it’s not easy to play football on it. I’d rather be playing the tie away from home.
“We also have big games coming up against top Division One sides Stewart & Lloyds and Potton as well as a really hard cup tie against a very strong Godmanchester side. I’m confident we will cope though. We are in all four competitions to win them.
“It will be hard, but it’s possible and we will do our best. “
Star drew 0-0 at Cogenhoe in a Premier Division fixture last weekend.
They have a difficult home game against second-placed Newport Pagnell ahead of the match at Sports.