Nether­ton United plan to turn dis­ap­point­ment into a triumph

Foot­ball - Big kick-off for most Peter­bor­ough Pre­mier Di­vi­sion sides

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

Nether­ton United man­ager Jon Har­ri­son will use the dis­ap­point­ment of last sea­son to mo­ti­vate his squad as they set out in pur­suit of a first Peter­bor­ough Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Nether­ton faded in the runin last sea­son to fin­ish fourth. They also suf­fered the dis­ap­point­ment of hav­ing the chance of United Coun­ties League foot­ball re­moved by a club who want to be on a firmer fi­nan­cial foot­ing be­fore they take a step for­ward.

But Har­ri­son is con­vinced this will be his side’s year even though they tackle a high­lyrated Stam­ford Lions side at the Grange in their Pre­mier Di­vi­sion opener on Satur­day af­ter a less than im­pres­sive pre-sea­son cam­paign.

Nether­ton were beaten 3-0 at home by Di­vi­sion One side Whit­tle­sey Ath­letic in a friendly last week­end.

“Pre-sea­son has been a bit of a night­mare,” Har­ri­son stated. “But this just has to be our year.

“We’ve stayed strong af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of last year.

“We’ve built a de­cent squad and hope to be a bit stronger be­fore the first game comes round!

“I’m re­ally happy with the sign­ings I’ve made. We will al­ways score goals with the strik­ers we have brought in to help the ones we al­ready have.

“In mid­field we will miss Her­bie Pant­ing (gone to Pinch­beck), but we still have good play­ers for those po­si­tions.

“If our new goal­keeper (Aaron Keir) stays fit we’ll have a great shout es­pe­cially af­ter sign­ing for­mer Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star de­fender Cal­lumMadi­gan.

“My hard­est job might be keep­ing ev­ery­one happy, but we’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“We cer­tainly couldn’t have had a much tougher start as Stam­ford Lions fin­ished last sea­son very well.”

Nether­ton also have a tough game next Tues­day when mak­ing the short trip to Ring­wood to tackle city ri­vals ICA Sports.

Nether­ton didn’t in the end sign lo­cal ex­pe­ri­enced strik­ers Jamie Gra­ham or Chris Brown de­spite sum­mer ap­pear­ances by the pair at the Grange.

Eric Makete and Zack Fisher are among those to ar­rive.

New Nether­ton United sign­ing Erik Makete (left) in action in a sum­mer friendly against Deep­ing Rangers.

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