River­side clinch an­other pro­mo­tion to reach top flight

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

CHROMASPORT & TRO­PHIES PETER­BOR­OUGH & DIS­TRICT LEAGUE RIVER­SIDE Rovers are on their way to the Premier Di­vi­sion.

The city lads com­pleted a quick­fire hon­ours dou­ble when adding the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle to their PFA Chal­lenge Cup crown thanks to a 4-1 suc­cess at Moul­ton Har­rox Re­serves on Fri­day night.

It con­tin­ues a me­te­oric rise into the lo­cal top flight for River­side who have won pro­mo­tion in both their sea­sons in se­nior foot­ball.

But man­ager Si­mon Ben­ton does not ex­pect their charge to stop now. He has al­ready set his sights on more suc­cess next sea­son.

Ben­ton said: “It is ter­rific to have taken the club from nowhere to the Premier Di­vi­sion in just two years of play­ing adult foot­ball and we will be go­ing in there with the aim of try­ing to win the ti­tle.

“I don’t mean any dis­re­spect to the teams al­ready play­ing in the Premier Di­vi­sion but no moun­tain is in­sur­mount­able.

“I know where I want to take the club and hope­fully this is just the start of a good fu­ture for River­side.

“There was a look of shock on the lads’ faces though when I told them they will only have two weeks off be­fore we start pre­par­ing for next sea­son.

“We fin­ish this sea­son on May 19 and we’re back for pre­sea­son train­ing at the be­gin­ning of June.”

Dan Foun­tain (2), Kyle Orange and Mar­tyn Fox hit the goals as River­side, who are un­beaten lo­cally since Oc­to­ber, saw off the Har­rox sec­ond string to wrap up the ti­tle with three matches to spare.

“The score­line was some­what flat­ter­ing, but we have some very clin­i­cal play­ers in the likes of Dan and Kyle,” added Ben­ton.

“We knew we had four matches to pick up the two points we needed, but it is nice to get it done and dusted in the first of them.

“We had an­other cause for cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day when our lead coach Tom Er­sk­ine passed his UEFA B coach­ing badge.”

The Di­vi­sion One crown is the sec­ond ti­tle now in pos- ses­sion of the city club af­ter their re­serve side roared to Di­vi­sion Five glory as part of their own dou­ble triumph.

It’s also the fourth Peter­bor­ough League ti­tle to be set­tled so far this sea­son with Langtoft Re­serves hav­ing se­cured the Di­vi­sion Three spoils and Wood­ston Dy­namo en­ter­ing se­nior foot­ball in fine style by grab­bing the Di­vi­sion Four gong.

The Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle race is far from over though as Kings Cliffe still hold hopes of reel­ing in ta­ble-top­ping dou­ble-chasers Pinch­beck.

Cliffe kept their dream alive with a 4-0 suc­cess at Coates on Satur­day while PFA Se­nior Cup win­ners Pinch­beck main­tained their three-point cush­ion at the sum­mit by thump­ing rock-bot­tom Al­con­bury 10-0 on their re­turn to league ac­tion.

Cup final match-win­ner Tom Gosling led the way for the Lin­colnshire lads with a hat-trick.

STIL­TON are stut­ter­ing in their pur­suit of Premier Di­vi­sion foot­ball.

Thomas Douse’s side, who have lifted two Hunts county cups this sea­son, could only

PETER­BOR­OUGH Sports Re­serves zoomed to pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Three by sink­ing the cham­pi­ons.

Ian ‘Mac­cas­ports’ Mcin­tosh’s men roared to a 5-0 final day suc­cess at Langtoft Re­serves to fol­low them into Di­vi­sion Two next sea­son.

James Moore hit a hat-trick and Daniel Beeby struck twice for the city lads as they wrapped up sec­ond spot.

Mcin­tosh, who has turned around their for­tunes since tak­ing charge in De­cem­ber, said: “The lads have fought hard draw 2-2 at strug­glers FC In­ter in their penul­ti­mate Di­vi­sion One match. Nick Lee and Richard Baines en­sured they shared the spoils but sec­ond­placed Stil­ton still aren’t over the line.

They could be dra­mat­i­cally col­lared by Hol­beach Re­serves – a team cur­rently 14 points be­hind them but armed with five matches in hand.

The Tigers sec­ond string face a hec­tic end to the cam­paign though as they must cram their six out­stand­ing matches into just 11 days, start­ing when they host lowly Hamp­ton Sports to­mor­row.

for each other to make my job eas­ier.”

COATES Re­serves missed the chance to grab au­to­matic pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Four.

The Coates sec­ond string had to win their final match of the cam­paign at Ket­ton Re­serves on Wed­nes­day to snatch sec­ond place and fol­low cham­pi­ons Wood­ston Dy­namo up into Di­vi­sion Three.

But Dave Moore’s men could only man­age a 1-1 draw mean­ing they failed to leapfrog sec­ond-placed Bas­ton (who

RICKY Pozella stole the show with a five-star scor­ing spree as Ry­hall United toasted their re­turn to the Peter­bor­ough & Dis­trict League in fine style.

Pozella did the dam­age as the vil­lage lads clinched pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Two with a 5-0 win at Wood­ston on Wed­nes­day night.

And now James Shee­han’s side need only a point from their re­main­ing game away at Eye Sports & So­cial Re­serves this Wed­nes­day to pip the long-time lead­ers Cas­tor & Ailsworth to the ti­tle crown. have clinched pro­mo­tion in their de­but sea­son) and had to set­tle for a place in the play-offs.

But they bounced back in style when sink­ing Peter­bor­ough Rovers Re­serves 6-2 in a play-off semi-final clash on Satur­day. Rik Green and player-boss Moore both hit hat-tricks to set-up a final against Kings Cliffe Re­serves later this month.

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