Sports out to stun Stourbridge after their minor cup setback
Football - Huge FA Cup tie at PSL
Peterborough Sports received a huge wake-up call ahead of their big FA Cup tie with higher-lever Stourbridge at PSL on Saturday (3pm kick off). The city side’s 18-game winningstreakinallcompetitions came to an abrupt and surprising end when they were beaten on penalties in the United Counties League Cup at lower-ranked Wellingborough Whitworth on Tuesday.
TheLeagueCupwasoneof four trophies won by Sports last season when they were a Division One club. They are nowPremierDivisionleaders.
Avelino Vieira and Josh Moreman scored for Sports, butMoremanmissedthefinal spot-kick in the shoot-out.
“I don’t like losing,” Sports bossJimmyDeansaid.“I made lots of changesto mysidewith theStourbridgegameinmind, but we had enough quality on the pitch to win the match.
“It’s gone now though. We have a massive game to play now and the best reaction is to cause an FA Cup shock.
“It won’t be easy as I’ve watched Stourbridge twice and they are very good. They have a big, strong, technically gifted front four, but so do we so it should be a great game.
“Wehopetogetabigcrowd especially as the Posh match finishes before we start our game. I reckon they will see a quality, exciting matchandexperience a great atmosphere. Stourbridge had 700 at their game on Bank Holiday Monday.”
Sports have a full strength squad to pick fromapart from long-term injury victim Jordan Macleod.
StourbridgeplayintheEvo Stik Northern Premier Division which is two divisions higher than Sports.
Other local teams in first qualifying round action against higher-level teamsare Stamford (at St Neots), Spalding (at Mickleover Sports) and Deeping Rangers (home to Gresley).
Holbeach travel to Yaxley’s conquerors Dereham Town.
Sports Reserves set a team record13-0winatUppingham in the Peterborough Premier Division last weekend. Karl Gibbs scored four of the goals.
Centre-half Richard Jones (right) will be a key man for Peterborough Sports against Stourbridge.