Netherton’s shock de­feat could turn out to be a bless­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

Netherton United man­ager Jon Har­ri­son reck­ons a shock de­feat last time out will turn out to be the best thing that hap­pens to his team this sea­son. The city side’s 11-month un­beaten run in the Peter­bor­ough Premier Divi­sion came to a sur­prise end two weeks ago when Deep­ing Rangers launched a suc­cess­ful raid on Fortress Grange.

A quirk of the fix­ture list means that Netherton’s next out­ing is at Deep­ing Rangers this Satur­day. It’s per­fect tim­ing ac­cord­ing to Har­ri­son.

“We made so many mis­takes at both ends of the pitch when Deep­ing beat us,” Har­ri­son claimed.

“We missed about 11 scor­ing chance sand le tina cou­ple of bad goals. I slipped up with my team se­lec­tion as well.

“I can’t be­lieve any of that will hap­pen again. It had bet­ter not as we need to make sure we ap­proach every game the same.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground. We had a lovely write up in the PT ahead of the first Deep­ing game, but the lads went into their shell a bit dur­ing the match.

“If that hap­pens again I might have to stop giv­ing in­ter­views!”

Star cen­tre- back Chris Hans­ford missed the Deep­ing de­feat, but he will be back on Satur­day to try and take care of in-form Deep­ing front­man Con­nor Pil­beam, who ran riot at the Grange dur­ing the 2-1 win for his side.

Netherton start the game in fourth place, three points be­hind lead­ers, and reign­ing cham­pi­ons, Moul­ton Har­rox who boast the only un­beaten record in the divi­sion af­ter seven matches.

Moul­ton will re­ceive a test this Satur­day when trav­el­ling to the rapidly im­prov­ing Stam­ford Lions who have won their last four league matches.

Sec­ond-placed Ket­ton are at home to Lev­er­ing­ton and third-placed Wis­bech Town Re­serves are in Pres­i­dent’s Premier Shield ac­tion.

Wis­bech moved up the table with a 6-2 win at strug­gling Stil­ton last week­end. Cur­tis Knight scored twice for the Fen­men.

Chris Hans­ford (5) is back for Netherton United this week­end.

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