It will be more like enemies re-united than friends re-united when city rivals Netherton United and ICA Sports clash in a tasty Peterborough Premier Division match at The Grange on Saturday.
ICA are expected to field former Netherton midfielders Ashley Jackson and Michael Fox. They could also start with exciting forward Sam Makansi, a player Netherton were expecting to join them.
Throw in the fact that ICA knocked Netherton out of the PFA Senior Cup last season, and damaged their Premier Division title hopes by taking four points from them, it’s fair to say there’s plenty of personal spice accompanying the fixture.
“I’m not too worried about them,” confident Netherton boss Jon Harrison stated.
“They are a good side with good players, but Ash Jackson left us because he didn’t fancy sitting on our bench.
“I did think Sam was going to join us as he played for us in a friendly, but he’s gone to ICA where he will be guaranteed first-team football.”
Netherton need to win to keep tabs on top two Oakham and Coates. They both won last weekend, while Netherton’s game was called off at Uppingham.
“Our fixtures from now until Valentine’s Day will define our season,” Harrison added.
“After ICA we have Moulton Harrox and Pinchbeck away and then Coates at home.
“We can’t afford to drop any further behind the top two as the pressure would just build on us.
“I make Oakham favourites as they’ve come through a tough run of fixtures on top of the table. Their run-in looks the easiest on paper.”