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