Free-scor­ing ti­tle chal­lengers are ready for a step up in class

Foot­ball - Re­serve team have won last three games by an ag­gre­gate of 28-0

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

Pe­ter­bor­ough Sports Re­serves’ man­ager An­drew Bradley ad­mits an ag­gre­gate win­ning mar­gin of 28-0 in the last three com­pet­i­tive matches is not ideal prepa­ra­tion for a clash of the Pe­ter­bor­ough Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tans on Saturday. But Bradley is con­fi­dent his ex­pe­ri­enced side will take the huge step up in class in their stride when they visit the home of un­beaten lead­ers, and reign­ing cham­pi­ons, Moul­ton Har­rox.

Sports warmed up for the big game with an 8-0 win at bot­tom club Thor­ney. They also beat the same op­po­nents in the Pres­i­dent’s Shield 7-0 a week af­ter thrash­ing Up­ping­ham13-0inatop-flight­match.

“To be hon­est we should have s c ored more goals against Thor­ney,” Bradley in­sisted.“We­missedanaw­ful­lot of chances.

“The last three matches have not been a lot of fun in some re­spects and they’ve not been ideal prepa­ra­tion for a tough game at Moul­ton Har­rox, butI haveav­ery­ex­pe­ri­enced squadthis sea­so­nand I am con­fi­dent they will per­formwell in the big­ger games.

“We­made­s­ome good sign­ings in the close sea­son with the in­ten­tion of hav­ing a good go at win­ning the league and the­searethegameswe­needto per­forminif weare­toachieve our am­bi­tion.”

Carl Bird(2), Rikki Goodale (2), Ger­ard Evans, Liam Mer­ry­weather, Gary Gibbs and Karl Gibbs scored the Sports’ goals last week­end. Goodale and Bird are two of the sum­mer­recruitswhileKar­lGibbs’ de­mo­tion from the all-conquering first- team squad means­there­serve­shave­some se­ri­ous fire­power.

Moul­ton­had­to­come­from be­hind to beat Deep­ing Rangers 2-1 last week­end. They are seven points ahead of fifth­placedS­ports, but­thecity­side have two games in hand.

AFC Stan­ground are the sur­prise Premier Di­vi­sion pack­age this sea­son. They are up­tothird - Nether­ton United are sec­ond - af­ter a 2-0 win at Up­ping­ham se­cured by goals from Chris Brown and Dan Stephens.

Karl Gibbs (blue) is a big pres­ence in the Pe­ter­bor­ough Sports Re­serve team squad.

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