PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE KICK-OFF: Netherton start with two battles of the giants

Netherton United couldn't have been handed a tougher start to the Peterborough Premier Division season.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 9:30 am
Action from last season's match between Netherton and Pinchbeck at the Grange. Photo: David Lowndes.

The city side, who will be one of the title favourites, host a fancied Pinchbeck United team at the Grange tomorrow (August 6) before travelling across the city to face a strong Peterborough Sports Reserve team on Wednesday (July 10).

But Netherton manager Jon Harrison will take it all in his stride. He believes he has assembled a squad capable of achieving their goal of United Counties League football.

Not that promotion is the sole aim.

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Netherton manager Jon Harrison.

“I don’t want to get into the UCL by finishing third or fourth and going up because no-one else wanted to,” Harrison insisted. “I want to win the league.

“We are a big club at this level and big clubs should have plenty of ambition.

“I am very happy with my squad. I am not bothered about losing Steve Mastin (Blackstones) or Tom Flatters (Whittlesey) as we could have found a gem from the lower divisions in Dean Giglio.

“He is fearless. He’s been scoring regularly against UCL Premier Division teams in pre-season.

Netherton manager Jon Harrison.

“We couldn’t have been given a tougher start to the season with two top sides in the first week, but I don’t care how good they are, they won’t be as good as Holbeach United first team who we came close to beating in pre-season.

“In fact we played well against several UCL teams in pre-season so I’m a very confident man.”

FIXTURES

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

Saturday, August 6

Premier Division: Crowland Town v Uppingham Town, Ketton v Wisbech Town Res, Langtoft United v Leverington Sports, Moulton Harrox v Stilton United, Netherton United v Pinchbeck United, ICA Sports v Holbeach United Res, Stamford Lions v Peterborough Sports Res, Thorney v AFC Stanground Sports.

Division One: Kings Cliffe v Spalding United Res, Long Sutton Athletic v Oakham United Res, Oundle Town v Baston v Oundle Town, Riverside v Whittlesey Athletic Res, Sutton Bridge United v Netherton United Res, Wittering v Glinton & Northborough.

Tuesday, August 9

Premier Division: Holbeach Res v Pinchbeck, Ketton v Uppingham Town, ICA Sports v Sawtry.

Division One: Long Sutton Athletic v Sutton Bridge United, Whittlesey Athletic Res v Warboys Town, Wittering v Stamford Belvedere, Riverside v Glinton & Northborough.

Wednesday, August 10

Premier Division: Deeping Rangers Res v Crowland Town, Peterborough Sports Res v Netherton United, Stamford Lions v Langtoft United, Thorney v Moulton Harrox, Wisbech Town Res v Leverington Sports.

Division One: Kings Cliffe v Oundle Town, Peterborough Polonia FC v Netherton United Reserves.