Peterborough Sports deliver the greatest result in their history, but the boss isn’t ready for the dream to end

Peterborough Sports manager Jimmy Dean isn’t ready for his team’s FA Trophy dream to end.
Peterborough Sports boss Jimmy Dean after the win at Bath City. Photo: James Richardson.Peterborough Sports boss Jimmy Dean after the win at Bath City. Photo: James Richardson.
Peterborough Sports boss Jimmy Dean after the win at Bath City. Photo: James Richardson.

The city side are way into unchartered territory after reaching the fifth round of the Trophy with a 1-0 win at higher level Bath City yesterday (January 16). They’d never previously ventured past the first round.

A Mark Jones goal delivered a deserved win for Sports against their opponents from the National South League. They now enter tomorrow’s draw alongside big hitters like Notts County and Torquay United as well as local rivals Stamford AFC who host Hereford United on Tuesday night (January 19, 7,45pm) after that tie was postponed yesterday.

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Dean wants a home draw, but he’d rather receive a winnable tie rather than a high profile trip to County’s Meadow Lane ground.

Mark Jones celebrates his goal for Peterborough Sports at Bath City. Photo: James Richardson.Mark Jones celebrates his goal for Peterborough Sports at Bath City. Photo: James Richardson.
Mark Jones celebrates his goal for Peterborough Sports at Bath City. Photo: James Richardson.

“It’s not as though there would be fans at the biggest grounds,” Dean reasoned. “I’d rather get a game we could win at home like Hornchurch or Stamford if they get through. That’s not to disrespect those sides as they’d probably fancy beating us as well, but I just want to play as many games as possible as the Trophy is offering the only football we can have right now.

“We were very good at Bath and full credit to my players for pulling off another deserved win. Both clubs had problems to overcome. We hadn’t played for a month and they had players missing, but we were well worth the win.

“It’s not easy to play well after so long without a game, but the attitude and the spirit of the players was first class to deliver another great day for the club. We had nine days to prepare and we put some hard yards in at training.

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“This is right up there with the best wins in the club’s history. We have beaten Boston United away and Guiseley at home in FA Cup qualifying rounds and they play at the same level as Bath, but this was more satisfying purely because we have got so deep into the competition.”

Dean thanked Posh for the use of their training ground last Thursday.

The draw takes place at 1pm tomorrow.

Sports are unlikely to play again in the Premier Division Central of the Southern League as competition officials have recommended the 2020-21 campaign is declared null and void for the season season in a row.