Harrox boss left fuming after defeat by Oakham
FUMING Moulton Harrox Paul Kent has ordered his players to ‘show some steel’ and turn their season around.
The Lincs lads will spend Christmas in the unfamiliar surroundings of the bottom half of the Premier Division table - and that’s not gone down well with the Broad Lane hierarchy.
Neither did a 4-3 loss at lowly Oakham United on Saturday when Harrox threw away a two-goal advantage and conceded late on to a team by then reduced to 10 men.
Kent said: “We’re really struggling at the back and three of Oakham’s goals could be put down to poor defending on our part.
“We’re also missing a lot of chances but if you score three times away from home, you expect to win the game.
“We’re not at all happy with how things have gone and myself and Nigel Steadman let the lads know that on Saturday.
“They need to start showing some steel and getting us up the table. A top-six finish is the very least we expect.” KINGS Cliffe chief Alex Brown has vowed not to let Pinchbeck run away with the Premier Division crown.
Cliffe will spend Christmas in pole position after seeing out 2011 with a 3-0 success at Oundle on Saturday.
They currently boast a two-point cushion over title favourites Pinchbeck, but the Lincolnshire side have five matches in hand as they bid to claim a first title for 20 years.
But Brown is adamant it won’t become a one-horse race when the season resumes in early January.
He said: “First and foremost we’re really pleased to be top at Christmas having spent a good chunk of the season there.
“It has been a terrific calendar year for us after winning the Division One title and we’ve put the club on the map in its first season at this level.
“I really believe in the players we have at the club and we have done very well in recent games after going through a blip. Whatever happens this season, the experience will serve us in good stead for the future.
“Pinchbeck are clearly favourites for the title but we have not even reached the halfway stage of the season as yet and there is still a hell of a lot that can happen.
“Pinchbeck have an awful lot of games to play and there are plenty of sides capable of beating them on a good day. I certainly don’t think they will run away with the league.”
Cliffe are one of two teams to have beaten Pinchbeck after triumphing over at Knight Street on the opening day of the season.
Adam Bevilacqua fired Cliffe ahead at Oundle on Saturday before substitute James Picillo grabbed his first goal for the club. Matt Black completed a smooth success.
PINCHBECK extended their winning run to 16 matches in all competitions to end the year with a bang.
They also unleashed a new attacking talent as they eased past Deeping Rangers Reserves 4-1. Former Boston United youth teamer Jonathan Butler made his debut as a substitute and promptly found the net.
Two Luke Wilson goals and a Danny Maddison penalty had put Pinchbeck in the driving seat on player-boss Ian Dunn’s wedding day.
Pinchbeck player and club legend Tom Roberts said: “It’s been going great but the manager keeps drumming it into us that we have to take things one game at a time.
“He is even having us in for training three or four times over Christ- mas and the New Year.”
Dave Weston netted for Deeping whose boss Andy Bailey admitted: “I can’t see anyone stopping Pinchbeck.”
COOL hand Luke Watkins bagged a brace to keep Peterborough Sports in third spot.
Watkins struck in each half as his side saw off Leverington 2-0. Sports boss Chris Bartlett said: “To be where we are with such a young team is a good achievement.”
Michael Chow hit the woodwork for the Fen lads in between those Watkins goals but Sports emerged with a third successive clean sheet.
“It was a big improvement on losing 7-0 to them at our place,” said Leverington boss Stuart Webb. “We’ve showed we don’t just roll over any more. We’re in the top half at Christmas and hopefully we can stay there.”
LEVERINGTON: Pictured before Saturday’s defeat by Peterborough Sports are from the left, back, Alan Furlong, Stuart Webb, Gavin Hill, Sam Cubberley, Bradley Williams, Curtis Knight, Noel Furlong, John Knight, Wayne Garner, front, Teodore Panayotov, Craig Ablett, Lee Markville, Steve Thompson, Adam Wright, Danny Balls, Michael Chow and Aaron Mckenna.