Cuck­oos bow out but with their heads held high


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Yax­l­ey­came­with­in­sec­ond­sof a place in the first qual­i­fy­ing round of the FA Cup.

The United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion side were pegged back by a stop­page-time equaliser by higher-level Dere­ham, which stemmed from an er­ror by stand-in goal­keep­erAndyStevens, in a 4-4 thriller at Lead­ing Drove last Satur­day.

Brett Whaley’s men then bowed out 1-0 in a Tues­day re­play to leave the Yax­ley boss think­ing about what might have been.

He ad­mit­ted: “We gave a goodac­counto­four­selvesover twogame­sagain­sthigher-level op­po­si­tion.

“We’ve come away with a lot of pos­i­tives de­spite the dis­ap­point­ment of go­ing out, butweal­so­knowthatwe­need to start get­ting some re­sults.

“Get­ting through in the FA Cup would have been a mas­sive kick-start for our sea­son, but now we have to pick our­selves up­forim­por­tantgames in the league and in the KO Cup.

“We need to scrap it out and show a bit of char­ac­ter.”

Yax­ley go to Roth­well Corinthi­ans in the Premier Di­vi­sion on Satur­day ahead of a League KO Cup visit to low­er­level Bourne on Tues­day. The man­ager might have moved on, and key play­ers might have de­parted, since their ti­tle suc­cess of last term, but not a lot else ap­pears to have changed at Moulton Har­rox.

The reign­ing cham­pi­onshaveroared­tothe­sum­mit of the Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion in re­cent days.

A 9-1 derby drub­bing of Hol­beach Re­serves on Tues­day, which fea­tured four-goal hauls for Marcus Parry and Martin San­dall, stretched their un­beaten start un­der new bosses Nigel Stead­man and Paul Crow­son to six matches.

They ended the 100 per centstartofKet­ton­lastSatur­day when San­dall and Billy King struck in a 2-1 tri­umph.

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