Har­rox boss left fuming af­ter de­feat by Oakham

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport -

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.

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