PREVIEW: Unbeaten City of Peterborough can’t afford to drop any points

City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (red).
City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (red).
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It’s not even Christmas and yet unbeaten City of Peterborough are in ‘must win’ mode.

City’s inactivity in the last three weeks, mainly because of bad weather, has enabled East Premier A Division leaders St Albans to pull seven points clear of the team expected to push then hardest for the title.

City, who are fourth, have two games in hand, but the first of them at Bretton Gate tomorrow (December 16, pm) is a real ‘toughie’ against third-placed Bedford.

“With our season becoming disrupted through rearrangements St Albans have forged ahead with points in the bank,” City manager Graham Finding said. “That leaves us little scope for any dropped points and we will need to be at the top of our game toget the win we need.

“Bedford are always one of the toughest sides in the league, and so far St Albans have been the only side to beat them.”

City skipper Ross Booth is expecting a cracking contest.

“Bedford have improved this season, but then so have we,” Booth stated. “I’m predicting lots of goals!”

Most East League matches fell victim to the weather last weekend with the entire ladies programme involving local teams wiped out.

Bourne Deeping mens second team maintained their promotion push in Division Three North West with a 3-1 win over Spalding seconds. In the same section two Simon Buckley goals gave City of Peterborough fourths a surprise 2-1 win over leaders Cambridge City fourths. Two fine saves from ‘keeper Kevin Senior helped to preserve the win.

Bourne Deeping sixths are second in Division Six North West (North) after a 3-0 win over Wisbech fourths and Jon Bigham scored twice as City of Peterborough eighths saw off bottom club Spalding sixths 6-1. Josiah Robertson scored his first senior goal for City with Thomas Tuffnell and Louie Hopkins also on target.

Chris Mann scored twice as Bourne Deeping fourths won a Division Four derby at City of Peterborough sixths 5-1.