Netherton United plan to turn disappointment into a triumph
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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.