King rules as Har­rox re­turn to win­ning ways

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - WORLDOFSPORT -

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.

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