Sports boss tells his play­ers to for­get about ‘ex­cit­ing’ Cup tie

Football - FA Cup round-up

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Mark Plum­mer FOOTBALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Peter­bor­ough Sports boss Jimmy Dean has told his play­ers to put the prospect of a huge FA Cup oc­ca­sion out of their minds. Sports eased to a 4-1 tri­umph at fel­low United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion side Wis­bech Town in a pre­lim­i­nary round tie last Satur­day.

That suc­cess set up a first qual­i­fy­ing round show­down against Step 3 side Stour­bridge, who have reached the sec­ond round proper in three of the last five sea­sons, at PSL on Septem­ber 3.

And while Dean is openly ex­cited about the up­com­ing tie, he is quick to in­sist that Sports have im­por­tant busi­ness to at­tend to in two other com­pe­ti­tions be­fore fac­ing the North­ern Premier Di­vi­sion side.

They will aim to ex­tend their 100 per cent league start when host­ing Co­gen­hoe on Satur­day be­fore trav­el­ling to lower-level Welling­bor­ough side Whit­worth to start the de­fence­oftheirKOCupcrown on Tues­day. That was one of four pieces of sil­ver­ware won by the club dur­ing a stun­ning 2015/16 sea­son.

Dean said: “There is no doubt that the FA Cup tie against Stour­bridge will be a bril­liant oc­ca­sion for the club.

“I went to watch them last night andthe­yarea­goodteam with some dan­ger­ous at­tack­ing play­ers, but those state­ments also ap­ply to us.

“I feel it is a tie we can win and our best op­por­tu­nity of do­ing that will be at our place. We have to learn from hap­pened against an­other Step 3 side, Hitchin, last sea­son when we held them to a draw at home be­fore los­ing in the re­play.

“But the FA Cup fix­ture is still nine days away and we have two im­por­tant games be­fore then.

“We have the men­tal­ity that the next match is al­ways the biggest. You don’t win a quadru­ple of hon­ours by tak­ing any game lightly.

“We­want­towin­ev­ery­time we play in ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion, re­gard­less of whether it is in the Premier Di­vi­sion, the KO Cup or the FA Cup.”

Sports made light work of Wis­bech last Satur­day af­ter hit­tingth­e­front­throughMark Jones in the open­ing minute.

The home side then had de­fender Paul Cousins dis­missed be­fore Jones dou­bled the­lead­fromthep­enal­tyspot.

Aveli­noVieiraall­but­sealed vic­tory be­fore the break, although Sports did con­cede for the first time this sea­son in the sec­ond pe­riod. A late own goal in­creased the mar­gin of vic­tory.

Sports weren’t the only lo­cal side to im­press in the FA Cup.

Deep­ing claimed the scalp of higher- l evel Wrox­ham thanks to a brace of Scott Mooney­goals in a 2-1 tri­umph at the Hay­don Whitham Sta­dium.

Their re­ward is an­other home tie against a team from Step 4 level – Gres­ley – who play in Di­vi­sion One South of the Evo-Stik League.

Lo­cal sides Stam­ford AFC and Spald­ing can both be found at that level, and they both made FA Cup progress.

Stam­ford cruised to a 3-0 suc­cess at UCL side Sleaford while Spald­ing won by the same score­line at Bury Town.

Wis­bech de­fender Paul Cousins (no 5) walks off af­ter be­ing shown the red card in the 29th minute of Satur­day’s FA Cup clash with Peter­bor­ough Sports.

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