PREVIEW: Dean hails huge Peterborough Sports progress, but the club are not finished yet

Inspirational manager Jimmy Dean has hailed the '˜huge progress' made by Peterborough Sports in the last two seasons.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:30 am
Peterborough Sports' striker Avelino Vieira (blue) on the attack against Oadby.

Sports’ promotion to step four football was confirmed last weekend (March 18) when a 4-0 home win over Oadby guaranteed the top three finish in the United Counties Premier Division they required to confirm back-to-back elevations.

Sports remain a maximum of seven points (from seven games) away from winning the title, but only mug punters would back against them.

“Back to back UCL titles was always my aim,” Dean stated. “No team has ever done that before, but we will.

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Richard Jones (5) of Peterborough Sports shoots at the Oadby goal.

“I’ve actually been disappointed with the competition this season. We recruited well in the summer and the players have been brilliant, but it’s been a bit boring since Christmas. Our standards dropped, we stopped playing with our normal panache, and yet we are still 20 games unbeaten. It still hurts me that we missed our one shot at going a long way in the FA Vase. We had a chance in that, playing at our best.

“But that just shows the huge progress we’ve made as a club in the last two seasons and it’s not just on the pitch. Our average gate has increased from about 40 to 100 and next season should be even better.

“We’ll go from having a top budget to a mid-table budget, but our chairman has kept season tickets prices really low. They are a real bargain.”

Sports supremo Stephen ‘Tommy’ Cooper has frozen season tickets for next season at £30 for existing holders . It’s just £40 for new season ticket holders, £25 for over 65s, and £10 for 11-16 year olds.

Peterborough Sports manager Jimmy Dean.

Sports travel to Boston Town in the UCL on Saturday before hosting Potton in the semi-final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup on Tuesday (March 28).

Deeping Rangers entertain Wisbech St Mary in the other semi-final on April 4.

FIXTURES

Saturday, March 25

Richard Jones (5) of Peterborough Sports shoots at the Oadby goal.

EVO-STIK LEAGUE

Division One South: Leek Town v Spalding Utd, Stamford v Gresley.

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division: Boston Town v Peterborough Sports, Deeping Rangers v Rothwell Corinthians, Harborough Town v Holbeach United, Northampton ON Chenecks v Peterborough Northern Star, Sleaford Town v Wisbech Town.

Peterborough Sports manager Jimmy Dean.

Division One: Long Buckby v Bourne Town.

THURLOW NUNN EASTERN LEAGUE

Division One: March Town United v Holland FC, Wisbech St Mary v Haverhill Borough.