Peterborough Sports manager Jimmy Dean believes his side can remain unbeaten for the rest of the United Counties Division One season.
Sports are the only side who play at levels 1-6 in English football to have a 100 per cent winning record this season. It’s a record that has attracted the attention of the national media in recent weeks.
A superb 5-0 win over Bourne at PSL on Monday (December 28) was a 19th straight success and left Sports with a commanding 10-point lead at the top ahead of tomorrow’s (January 2) trip to lowly Buckingham Town.
But Dean has too much respect for the league to say his team will win all 36 games.
“I’ve been impressed with the sides in the top half of the table,” Dean stated. “We’ve had some really tough games recently against the likes of Raunds and Thrapston.
“That’s why I think winning all 36 matches will prove difficult. Staying unbeaten is more realistic and would still represent a great achievement.
“What is obvious is that every team will raise their game against us because they want to be the ones to break our 100 per cent record, so it’s important that we raise our game as well to protect it.
“Our quality has got us through the tight games and it was also there for everyone to see against Bourne.
“We played some great football from the start and it was nice to be able to relax at half-time instead of being nervous!
“It’s important we don’t become complacent now. I’m a loyal manager, but the lads know that I won’t be afraid to make changes if standards slip. Dan Bucciero has come in for recent games and he’s been excellent.
“Buckingham are low in the table, but they have just received international clearance for a top-class player so we have to be wary.”
A change in the forward line worked wonders against Bourne as Jordan Macleod and Avelino Vieira tore the visitors apart with their movement. They both scored twice with Dan Clements then claiming his first goal since his return to the club from Stamford.
“We were a joy to watch,” Dean added. “Our pace and movement were exceptional.”
Holbeach lost at home to local rivals Yaxley on Monday to dent their Premier Division title aspirations. They will need to beat leaders Leicester Nirvana at Carter’s Park on Saturday to stay in touch.
Deeping Rangers are the best placed local side in the top flight. They are fourth after two Scott Mooney goals at Boston on Monday.