Who were top of the class on the non-league scene lo­cally?

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

ried them to the top of the Premier Di­vi­sion, a stun­ning run to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Vase in their first at­tempt pro­vided some mem­o­rable highs.

But when out of sorts, as for much of the final third of the sea­son, they re­ally strug­gled. Slid down the ta­ble and suf­fered a hor­ror 7-0 thump­ing at King’s Lynn as League Cup de­fence came to an end at semi-final stage. Grade: B

Grade: B- STAM­FORD Man­ager: Si­mon Clark (un­til Oc­to­ber), Tommy Brook­banks (un­til sacked end of sea­son) Fin­ish: 7th (Evo-stik Di­vi­sion One South). Top scorer: Bruno Holden (18). Star man: Nathan Wat­son - a lively winger who was in­cluded in the EvoStik Di­vi­sion One South se­lect team of the sea­son. Sum­mary: Stam­ford emerged as shock ti­tle con­tenders un­der for­mer Posh de­fender Clark but he an­nounced his de­par­ture only an hour af­ter they had climbed to the top of the ta­ble.

Suc­ces­sor Brook­banks was left with a ma­jor re­build­ing job af­ter sev­eral of Clark’s bet­ter play­ers de­parted and kept the club in the thick of the race for pro­mo­tion un­til they faded in the final weeks of the cam­paign.

Brook­banks was then axed to make way for the re­turn of Gra­ham Drury - some­thing which led to board­room up­heaval and the de­par­ture of chair­man John Drewnicki. Not quite soap opera stuff, but hardly a run of the mill sea­son ei­ther. Mark’s mark: B- WIS­BECH Man­ager: Steve Ap­pleby Fin­ish: 4th (Rid­geons Premier Di­vi­sion) Top scorer: Chris Ba­con (28) Star man: Hot-shot Ba­con com­pleted a clean sweep of ev­ery player of the sea­son award he was el­i­gi­ble to

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(UCL Premier Divi- Man­ager: Goode Fin­ish: sion) Top scorer: Danny Barker (17) Star man: Lee Crock­ett - a goal­keeper who ar­rived with a few ques­tion marks hang­ing over him af­ter a dif­fi­cult pre­vi­ous sea­son at Deep­ing but starred on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Sum­mary: If you bump into the Black­stones bosses, it’s a fair chance they’ll have told you about their shoe­string bud­get within min­utes (well Jarvis will have any­way).

They are also per­fectly en­ti­tled to men­tion the shrewd re­cruit­ment and good coach­ing that has again seen them punch above their weight.

Granted their sec­ond sea­son at the Lin­coln Road helm wasn’t quite as good as the first, but a mid-ta­ble fin­ish should still be seen as a triumph. Grade: C Man­ager: Dar­ren Mun­ton Fin­ish: 15th (UCL Di­vi­sion One) Top scorer: Ja­son Kil­bride (9) Star man: Dan Smith - a man who is Bourne through and through and leads by ex­am­ple from the heart of de­fence.

End­ing up third-bot­tom might not look like much of an achieve­ment, but in this case it is most def­i­nitely some­thing to be ap­plauded.

Club leg­end Mun­ton works mir­a­cles merely to get a team out ev­ery Top scorer: Ricky Hail­stone (7) Star man: Lewis Stone - a tal­ented young de­fender with a sweet left foot who is des­tined for big­ger things. Sum­mary: Clip­ston went through more men than the Grand Old Duke of York (he had eight dif­fer­ent goal­keep­ers alone) in an at­tempt to lead the club to safety - some­thing which they even­tu­ally achieved com­fort­ably thanks to their own re­sults and the sit­u­a­tions of other clubs.

But it wasn’t enough of an achieve­ment to keep his job as Clip­ston was axed fol­low­ing a five-and-a-half year reign last week.

He felt he’d been work­ing with a bot­tom six bud­get but oth­ers at In2i­tive Park clearly felt he didn’t eke enough qual­ity out of it. Grade: D+ Man­ager: Andy Stan­hope Jan­uary), Pat Rayment Fin­ish: 13th Top scorer: Si­mon Mowbray (18) Star man: Nick Con­roy - the best keeper around here. Was a big loss to North­ern Star when de­part­ing at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and saved Spald­ing from some se­ri­ous hid­ings with his ex­ploits be­tween the sticks. Sum­mary: Spald­ing’s re­turn to UCL foot­ball could hardly have gone less ac­cord­ing to plan. They splashed the cash to as­sem­ble a side they felt could chal­lenge for hon­ours, but mid-ta­ble medi­ocrity was soon on the cards and Stan­hope (for­merly a ti­tle-win­ning player with the club) paid the price with his job.

There was lit­tle suc­ces­sor Rayment could do to sal­vage the cur­rent sea­son but he has ‘grand plans’ for the fu­ture as the Tulips fi­nally seek to get their house in or­der on and off the pitch.


JONNY STEAD: Brings goals and plenty more on top.

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