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
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)