Star hop­ing for a record crowd against lead­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - By MARK PLUM­MER mark.plum­mer@jpress.co.uk

awaited re­turn from in­jury in that game and promptly scored twice dur­ing an im­pres­sive 20-minute out­ing as a sub­sti­tute. Plum­mer must de­cide whether to risk him from the start to­mor­row.

Lynn, who ar­rive in the city in pos­ses­sion of a 100 per cent away record, are nor­mally cheered on by a three­fig­ure fol­low­ing on the road.

The club bossed by former Wis­bech chief Gary Setchell re­cently failed in a bid to sign Star de­fender Richard Jones. Lo­cal man Liam Harrold is likely to play up front for Lynn.

The match is be­ing spon­sored by The Square Cafe of Vicarage Farm Road.

HOL­BEACH hope to take out their frus­tra­tion on ti­tle ri­vals Long Buckby to­mor­row.

The Tigers are seething over the man­ner of their 1-0 Box­ing Day loss at King’s Lynn in a top-of-the-ta­ble UCL Premier Divi­sion show­down.

They saw two strong penalty ap­peals turned down and felt a clear foul went un­pun­ished in the buildup to the only goal at the Walks.

And they now in­tend to take out their anger on 100 per cent record­hold­ers Buckby at Carters Park to­mor­row.

Boss John Chand said: “The ref­eree got all of the crit­i­cal de­ci­sions wrong at Lynn and I told him as much.

“Hav­ing seen the big in­ci­dents again on Youtube, it’s clear for ev­ery­one to see.

“It’s no dis­grace to lose to Lynn, I’m just frus­trated about how it hap­pened as are the play­ers.

“We had a good train­ing ses­sion dur­ing the week though and we are all fo­cused on try­ing to be­come the first team to beat Buckby in the league.”

It’s the first of two crunch home clashes in three days for the Tigers. They then host an­other high-fly­ing team, St Ives, on Mon­day.

HUNT­ING­DON boss Ricky Marheineke can’t wait for the club’s big­gest game of the sea­son so far.

Third-placed Town host sec­ond­placed Bug­brooke at Ju­bilee Park to­mor­row in a match likely to have a ma­jor bear­ing on the UCL Divi­sion One pro­mo­tion race.

And Marheineke ad­mits it is a match his team can­not af­ford to lose. He said: “I wouldn’t got as far as say­ing it is a must-win at this stage of the sea­son, but it’s def­i­nitely one where we can’t af­ford to be beaten.

“We are three points off the top two and cer­tainly don’t want that gap to grow any fur­ther.

“It’s a pres­sure game but one we’re all look­ing for­ward to. We tend to play bet­ter against the bet­ter sides as they don’t try to sti­fle us so hope­fully we can put in a good per­for­mance and come out with a de­cent re­sult.”

Ini­tial fears that Hunt­ing­don ace Ben Colmer suf­fered a bro­ken leg in a Box­ing Day vic­tory over Bourne have thank­fully proved un­founded.

He is a ma­jor doubt for the Bug­brooke game though af­ter re­ceiv­ing a blow just be­low the knee.

Bourne them­selves have no fix­ture to­mor­row. They do play on Mon­day though when host­ing Raunds.

WIS­BECH boss Steve Ap­pleby is call­ing for his team to show char­ac­ter to­mor­row.

The Fen­men aim to erase the mem­ory of a bit­ter Box­ing Day de­feat at Ely when trav­el­ling to ta­ble-top­ping Wrox­ham in the Rid­geons Premier Divi­sion.

Ap­pleby, who was left seething af­ter see­ing a num­ber of de­ci­sions go against his team at Ely, said: “We’ve shown what we are about by bounc- ing back from de­feats be­fore and I’m sure we can have a good go at do­ing it again.

“It doesn’t get any tougher than go­ing to Wrox­ham in our league.”

Wis­bech, who have de­fender An­thony Reeve and mid­fielder Ol­lie Gale avail­able again, then host New­mar­ket at the El­go­ods Fen­land Sta- dium on Mon­day.

March are with­out a fix­ture to­mor­row but re­sume their First Divi­sion pro­mo­tion push at Fak­en­ham on Mon­day.

And Stam­ford are an­other team who have to wait un­til Mon­day to play. They en­ter­tain New Mills at the Premier Kitchens Arena.

IM­PRES­SIVE RE­TURN: North­ern Star’s Karl Gibbs.

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