Woods is a man for the big games

PINCH­BECK have done the dou­ble, Al­con­bury have brought up the rear and there has been plenty of ex­cite­ment and qual­ity at all points in be­tween. Now se­lects his all-star Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion team of the sea­son, com­plete with seven sub­stit

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A one-club man who has climbed the lad­der with the vil­lage side.

Top-drawer shot stop­per and fine all-round goal­keeper who ex­cels week in, week out, reg­u­larly earn­ing the plau­dits of his own man­ager and ri­val bosses.

Phil Groves (Moul­ton Har­rox)

A for­mer ti­tle-win­ner with Or­to­ni­ans and a PFA Se­nior Cup win­ner with his cur­rent club.

Groves has been a stand­ing dish at this level for a decade and is still a class act, per­form­ing at a con­sis­tently high level in a Moul­ton team that charged through the pack to fin­ish fourth.

Tom Smith (Kings Cliffe)

Snapped up by the sec­ond-placed side in Oc­to­ber from Langtoft and has proved to be a rev­e­la­tion in the lo­cal top-flight.

De­fends su­perbly, at­tacks well and cool in pos­ses­sion and rated very highly by his re­spected man­ager Alex Brown.

Lee Mar­shall (Pinch­beck)

A long-time Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion player who has emerged as a star dur­ing his Pinch­beck side’s surge to an hon­ours dou­ble.

Has un­doubt­edly ben­e­fited from the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of de­fen­sive part­ner Matt Hock­ing - a for­mer pro­fes­sional - while en­joy­ing eas­ily the best sea­son of his ca­reer.

Ben Daly (Nether­ton)

A cen­tral mid­field player con­verted into a cen­tral de­fender who clearly hasn’t for­got­ten how to spray passes around the park.

But he’s also de­vel­oped the key de­fen­sive skills be­ing strong in the air, solid in the tackle and pro­fi­cient at moan­ing.

Dan Woods (Pinch­beck)

Quick, tricky and a de­fender’s nightmare on ei­ther flank.

Woods de­liv­ers the goods in the big games as a man-of-the-match award in the PFA Se­nior Cup final and a goal in the ti­tle-clinch­ing triumph at Kings Cliffe last week­end high­lights.

James Mcmanus (Par­son Drove)

He might play for one of the more un­fash­ion­able sides in the Premier Di­vi­sion, but he is as stylish a player as you’ll find in Peter­bor­ough League foot­ball.

Mcmanus is a set-piece wizard who only scores spec­tac­u­lar goals and his club’s tal­is­man. They could just do with him pick­ing up a few less sus­pen­sions!

Dan Ed­wards (Ram­sey)

A com­mand­ing cen­tral mid­fielder with a bit of ev­ery­thing in his locker.

A crunch­ing tack­ler, a slick passer and a fre­quent goalscorer who has a mas­sive in­flu­ence on his team (apart from the night he was sent off at Pinch­beck af­ter three min­utes!) and has played ma­jor roles in two re­cent Ram­sey ti­tle wins.

Ryan Fran­cis (Eye Sports)

A player who oozes class in a num­ber of at­tack­ing po­si­tions and man­aged a dou­ble-fig­ure goal re­turn.

Cultured and skil­ful match­win­ner with lots of higher-level ex­pe­ri­ence and who has tied many a de­fender in knots this sea­son.

Mark New­ton (Coates)

A bruis­ing, old-fash­ioned cen­tre-for­ward who is the Premier Di­vi­sion golden boot with 22 league goals.

Few of them will live long in the mem­ory (even his own man­ager sug­gested he scored the scruffi­est hat­trick of all-time dur­ing this sea­son) but it is nonethe­less a mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ment for a player from a midtable team.

On­dre Odain (Pboro Sports)

A pro­lific front­man blessed with pace, power and a mean eye for goal who has made his mark on the lo­cal top-flight in un­der three months.

He didn’t make his de­but for the city club un­til the first week­end of March but pro­duced a stun­ning scor­ing streak of 17 goals in 15 ap­pear­ances – a record which con­firms him as the hottest strik­ing prop­erty at this level. Lee Drury (goal­keeper, Pinch­beck) – the last line of a dou­ble-win­ning de­fence. Jake Pell (de­fender, Whit­tle­sey) – a ris­ing star who looks ac­com­plished at this level. Steve Thompson (de­fender, Lev­er­ing­ton) – an ab­so­lute colos­sus of a cen­tre-back who is a reg­u­lar re­cip­i­ent of his team’s star man award. Martin Ward (mid­fielder, Kings Cliffe) – all-ac­tion and in­flu­en­tial player in the cen­tre of the park. Matt Bar­ber (mid­fielder, Pboro Sports) – a ter­rific tal­ent on the wing with bags of pace and plenty of tricks. Tom Waum­s­ley (mid­fielder, Deep­ing Rangers Res) – young tal­ent who can do dam­age a num­ber of mid­field and at­tack­ing po­si­tions. Tom Gosling (striker, Pinch­beck) – che­quered past and still walks a dis­ci­plinary tightrope but nigh on un­stop­pable at this level when at his best. An hon­ours dou­ble in his first sea­son in man­age­ment and only a whisker away from a tre­ble. Could eas­ily have made it as a player too af­ter notch­ing 21 league goals.

PINCH­BECK STAR: Lee Mar­shall. MAN­AGER Ian Dunn (Pinch­beck)

DAN WOODS

JAMES MCMANUS

BEN DALY

DANIEL FLETCHER

TOM SMITH

PHIL GROVES

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