Brown wants to spoil the Pinch­beck party

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

KINGS Cliffe boss Alex Brown has chal­lenged his side to rain on Pinch­beck’s cham­pi­onship pa­rade in the big­gest match of the Premier Di­vi­sion sea­son on Satur­day.

Ta­ble-top­ping ti­tle favourites Pinch­beck need two wins from their re­main­ing four matches to se­cure the crown. Pro­vid­ing they can over­come Coates to­mor­row night, that could hap­pen with vic­tory at clos­est chal­lengers Cliffe in a mouthwa­ter­ing Satur­day show­down.

But Brown – a Premier Di­vi­sion win­ner three times as a player and once as a man­ager – is ready to as­sume the role of party pooper and he still hasn’t given up hope of his side snatch­ing the ti­tle at the end of their first-ever top-flight sea­son.

Brown said: “We can still win the league with three matches of our sea­son to go and a lot of teams would love to be in that po­si­tion.

“We’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly can to try and make it hap­pen and we will cer­tainly be ready to stop the party if it turns out Pinch­beck can win the ti­tle here on Satur­day.

“Ev­ery game is the big­gest of our sea­son at the mo­ment and this one will be no dif­fer­ent.

“It’s a cup final for us. If we win we can still win the ti­tle but if we lose it is all over.

“There’s no doubt in my mind we can do it and we have to keep believ- ing in our­selves.

“We re­ally need Pinch­beck to drop seven points from here and even then we will still have to win all three of our own games which will be far from easy. Granted it’s a tall or­der but it’s a chal­lenge we’re look­ing for­ward to.

“Our­selves and Coates are also the only teams in with a chance of do­ing a dou­ble over Pinch­beck as well. Hope­fully we can both man­age it in the next few days.”

Cliffe will go into the week­end bat­tle on the crest of a wave af­ter reel­ing off seven suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries. The lat­est of those was a 4-0 week­end de­mo­li­tion of an un­der­strength Coates side on Satur­day.

An­drew Bradley scored twice with striker Gary Gibbs and sub­sti­tute Adam Bevilacqua get­ting the oth­ers.

“We’re keep­ing the ti­tle race in­ter­est­ing,” said tongue-in-cheek Coates man­ager Gary Munns. “Although sadly it’s not for our­selves. CHROMASPORT & TRO­PHIES PETER­BOR­OUGH LEAGUE PREMIER DI­VI­SION RE­VIEW

PINCH­BECK are hop­ing their 20year wait for a Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle ends as soon as pos­si­ble.

The dou­ble-chasers can add the league ti­tle to their PFA Se­nior Cup crown by the week­end and player­boss Ian Dunn hopes that’s ex­actly what hap­pens.

“We know we’re two wins away from win­ning the ti­tle and we want to get them as quickly as pos­si­ble,” said Dunn, whose side slammed whip­ping boys Al­con­bury 10-0 in a top-ver­sus-bot­tom clash at the week­end. “We’re play­ing well, we’re un­beaten in seven matches and ev­ery­one at the club is buzzing.”

A 30-yard screamer from full­back Dan Mad­di­son was the pick of Pinch­beck’s bumper bunch of goals. PFA Se­nior Cup final hero Tom Gosling hit a hat-trick while player-boss Dunn and Jimmy Mcdon­nell struck twice apiece. De­fender Lee Mar­shall and sub Jonny But­ler got the oth­ers.

Dunn added: “It was a great boost to our goal dif­fer­ence which is re­ally worth an ex­tra point to us.”

LEWIS Stone racked up a hat-trick of sorts on his Nether­ton first-team de­but.

Stone, who plays the ma­jor­ity of his foot­ball for Yax­ley in the United Coun­ties League, started at left-back in a 3-2 suc­cess at Lev­er­ing­ton on Satur­day.

But he was moved into mid­field fol­low­ing an early in­jury and then played the final hour of the match as an emer­gency goal­keeper af­ter reg­u­lar num­ber one Ben Carter was car­ried off hurt.

“He did well in all three po­si­tions,” said boss Johnny Byrne whose side bounced back from their PFA Se­nior Cup final heart-break.

“The at­ti­tude was first-class and the lads showed ter­rific char­ac­ter to make sure our sea­son didn’t just fiz­zle out.”

Nether­ton led through a rare Mark Kingston headed goal but found them­selves 2-1 down by the break.

Ben Cullen headed them level be­fore Lee Cle­mentson helped him­self to a late win­ner.

“If matches only lasted for an hour we’d be a top-four team,” said Lev­er­ing­ton boss Stu­art Webb.

“This match summed up our sea­son. We were com­fort­able in front but can’t seem to hold onto a lead.

“We’ve lost 3-2 to Nether­ton twice now and I feel we’ve been the bet­ter side in both games.”

KINGS CLIFFE: Pic­tured be­fore their 4-0 win over Coates at the week­end are from the left, back, Tom Lees, James Pi­cillo, Stu­art Ea­son, Matt Black, Gianni Salerno, Gary Hayes, Chris Gar­well, Andy Bradley, Mark Ox­en­ham, front, Adam Bevilacqua, Martin Ward, Tom Smith, Gary Gibbs and Stu­art Ad­di­nall.

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