ICA will have to catch a Posh legend to win title

David Farrell in action for Posh.
David Farrell in action for Posh.
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Posh legend David Farrell has made a playing comeback - in the second division of the Peterborough League.

The flying winger - scorer of the best quality hat-trick in the club’s history in a Division Three play-off semi-final against Barnet in May 2000 - made his debut for Spalding United Reserves in a 5-1 win at Oakham United Reserves last Saturday.

Farrell, who lives in Spalding, has signed up for the rest of the season so he can fulfil an ambition of playing alongside his son Jake.

Farrell senior said: “I really enjoyed my debut. It’s good to play with my son as we’d only previously played in five-a-side football together.”

Jake (18) was a free-scoring youngster in the Peterborough Junior Alliance who was played regularly for Posh age group teams.

Jake scored one of the goals at Oakham for a Spalding side who are four points clear at the top of the table, but they are not favourites to win the title.

Chasing them are the only unbeaten side in six divisions of the Peterborough League, ICA Sports A.

The city side made it 15 wins from 16 completed games with a 6-0 home win over Thorney Reserves.

Gareth Tidey (3), Antonio De Paolo (2) and Joshua Cameron scored the goals for ICA who are four points behind Spalding with three matches in hand.

The Division Three match between Stilton Reserves and Baston Reserves was abandoned after 75 minutes when 72-year-old referee Peter Chappell was knocked unconcious after an accidental collision with a player.