Non-league preview: Brett Whaley could be managing the best Yaxley squad in the club’s history, but he won’t be completely satisfied unless they win a trophy as well.
Yaxley have already gone further in the FA Vase than ever before - they have a last-32 tie to look forward to later this month - and they are hot favourites to record a highest-ever finish in the United Counties Premier Division.
A crushing 4-0 win at local rivals Peterborough Nothern Star last weekend kept them in third place, eight points ahead of fourth-placed Wisbech.
Yaxley have never finised higher than fourth and they have a Hunts Cup semi-final against St Neots Town - a team who play their football two divisions than ‘The Cuckoos’ - at In2itive Park this Saturday (3 January, 3pm).
“Finishing in the top three would mean a lot to me and the players,” Whaley admitted.
“That would suggest we’ve assembled the best squad in the club’s history and it would a decent reward for all the hard work we have put in.
“We’ve already had a great run in the Vase so a top three finish would cap a great season, but it would be an exceptional one if we can win a trophy as well.
“St Neots play two divisions higher than us, but they have a league game two days before our semi-final so maybe that will be their priority.
“We will be treating the game very seriously. The final is not until May so to book a place in January would give us something to look forward to.
“We played well at Star. It was a very satisfying win against a team who have made it obvious in the past that they enjoy beating us.
“We played good football, scored goals at good times and never really looked like conceding. Tactically we were spot on. We played three centre-halves because we expected them to play a long-ball game.”
Luke Hipwell, Liam Hook, David Cobb and Scott Carter scored against Star. Yaxley’s Wayne Morris was sent off.
Yaxley have a big Premier Division clash at second-placed Holbeach next Tuesday (January 6).
Key men Dan Cotton and Karl Gibbs should be back in action this weekend.