King rules as Harrox return to winning ways
MOULTON Harrox made an immediate return to winning ways on Saturday.
The Lincs lads saw a seven-match hot streak ended in midweek when a controversial late penalty led to them being held 2-2 by Whittlesey at Broad Lane.
But Harrox were quickly back in business when seeing off Uppingham 4-1 thanks to a couple of Billy King goals and others from Ben Allen and Dan Lambe-hyner.
“The penalty incident in midweek was disappointing,” admitted Harrox co-boss Paul Kent. “But Whittlesey did enough to deserve a draw overall so we can’t really complain.
“We missed a few chances on Saturday but it was good to get back in the winning groove and hopefully we can stay unbeaten at the very least until the end of the season.”
Harrox could still finish as runners-up but will need to beat secondplaced Kings Cliffe and third-placed Eye Sports in two of their remaining three games.
WHITTLESEY boss Paul Humphries reckons his young side are finding their feet.
A season of struggle appears to be finishing with a flourish after a pleasing week in which draws against topsix hopefuls Ramsey and Moulton Harrox were followed by a thumping 6-2 success over Oakham.
Humphries, whose side sit fourth bottom, said: “I’m getting a bit of stick from people in Whittlesey over our league position, but I know what I’m trying to achieve at the club. “We are building a young side featuring as many local lads as possible and they are having to learn quickly.
“We’ve not had the results we have deserved for a lot of the season but in the past week we have been rewarded for good performances with points on the board.”
Lee Deane converted two penalties against Oakham with Adam Moore, Ricky Speechley, Sam Pell and Shane Cooke grabbing the other goals.
Humphries added: “We went behind in the first minute but we played very well from then on in the first half to get to 5-1 by half-time. The second half wasn’t so good but we had the match won by then.”
Whittlesey have pulled six points clear of the bottom two but league officials have now indicated that only one team – rock-bottom Alconbury – are likely to be relegated.
Alconbury must go down in line with league rules that state any team finishing in the bottom two in successive seasons has to be relegated.
But the league board are keen to retain an 18-team Premier Division for next season. The top-flight is currently at 17 teams after the withdrawal of St Neots Reserves earlier in the campaign.