Top half of the ta­ble no longer cloud Cuckoo land for Yax­ley

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Non- League Football - By Mark­plum­mer

Yax­ley boss Brett Whaley has chal­lenged his play­ers to use their fine cur­rent form as a spring­board to claim a first top- half fin­ish in seven years. The Cuck­oos have been a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the lower reaches of the United Coun­ties League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ta­ble since coming home sev­enth back in the 2005- 06 cam­paign.

But things ap­pear to be chang­ing for the bet­ter dur­ing a pro­duc­tive first sea­son at the In2i­tive Park helm for Whaley.

His team are un­beaten in six matches and a 2- 1 tri­umph at Sleaford last week­end car­ried Yax­ley past the 29- point tally achieved in the whole of last sea­son.

Whaley said: “A new man­age­ment team and new play­ers have fresh­ened the place up and I think that is prob­a­bly what­was­re­quiredafter­se­veral years of a very set­tled set- up.

“We brought in a group of play­ers whoare­hun­gryan­dea­ger to learn while play­ers who haves­tayed­frompre­vi­ousyears at Yax­ley­hav­eraisedtheirgame due to the new com­pe­ti­tion.

“Af­ter so many sea­sons to­wards the bot­to­mofthe­league, fin­ish­ing in mid- ta­ble or even the top half would be a big step for­ward.

“We’re 13th now and hopefully we can go on to get the best fin­ish since the last time the­club­w­ere­inthetophal­fand put­theim­prove­men­twe­feelwe are mak­ing down in black and white.

“A trip to Hol­beach aside, we have a run of very winnable games through to the end of Fe­bru­arya­head­o­falotoftougher- look­ing fix­tures to­wards the end of the sea­son.

“But that could work in our favour be­cause when a lot of other teams might have noth­ing to play for, we’ll still be go­ing at full tilt.

“Ev­ery point an­de­v­ery po­si­tion is im­por­tant to us.”

Whaley has made wide­man Matt Bar­ber his lat­est re­cruit ahead of a week­end visit from strug­gling Har­bor­ough Town.

Lo­cally- based Bar­ber has spent the open­ing half of this sea­son with Bos­ton Town.

Yax­ley are only a point out­side the top 10 but are still the sec­ond­low­est­placed­lo­cal­team in the UCL Pre­mier Di­vi­sion. Only man­ager­less Black­stones are cur­rently be­low them.

Mat­tBar­ber ( left) has joined Yax­ley from Bos­ton Town.

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