Har­ri­ers are doomed but team boss Need­ham re­mains up­beat

Ath­let­ics - Bri­tish League Di­vi­sion Three

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers suf­fered an ag­o­nis­ing exit from Di­vi­sion Three of the Bri­tish League on Satur­day. They made the long trip to Yeovil for their fourth and fi­nal fix­ture know­ing all they had to do to avoid rel­e­ga­tion was fin­ish above Southend.

But with a team badly de­pleted by in­jury and un­avail­ablity they came up a frac­tion short.

In the fi­nal ta­ble Southend pipped them by just two match points and Nene Val­ley will be com­pet­ing in Di­vi­sion Four next sea­son.

But team man­ager Tim Need­ham, al­though frus­trated, re­mained up­beat.

He said: “We know we could eas­ily have held our own­inthis­di­vi­sion­with­a­full­strength team. Un­for­tu­nately we just couldn’t get it out and that was frus­trat­ing. We were so un­lucky with in­juries.

“On Satur­day we were hit by the loss of all our lead­ing sprint­ers and high jumpers and had ath­letes ar­riv­ing late and miss­ing events.

“But we’re not whing­ing or down­heart­edaswe­have­plen- ty of po­ten­tial for next year.

“On the up side we have a very young team who will be bat­tle-hard­ened for Di­vi­sion Four next year.”

Need­ham had s pe­cial praise for Un­der 20 ath­lete Ol­lie Bowl­ing.

He said: “He was our manof-the-match. Her­an­per­sonal bests in the 800m and 1500m and then went on to record a third place in the 3,000m fill­ing­in­foramiss­ingteam-mate.

“The throw­ers - a mix­ture of vet­er­ans and young­sters - also showed great spirit and Ken Baker, Si­mon Achurch, Isaac Huskisson, Sam Wil­son and Alex In­gram all de­serve a pat on the back for their ef­forts.”

Ol­lie Bowl­ing was man-of-the-match.

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