Sports boss wants city pub­lic to get be­hind his team

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Mark Plum­mer FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Peter­bor­ough Sports chief Jimmy Dean has called on the city pub­lic to get be­hind his side in an his­toric sea­son.

Sports launch their first-ever Step 4 cam­paign on Satur­day when en­ter­tain­ing Kids­grove in an Evo-Stik League Divi­sion One South opener(3pm).

Dean has guided Sports to back-to-back league ti­tles in the United Coun­ties League - and they were the high­estscor­ing side in the top 10 lev­els of English foot­ball in both cam­paigns.

But now the go­ing is about to get a whole lot tougher with Sports no longer be­ing a team ex­pected to en­joy suc­cess Dean be­lieves many will tip his side to strug­gle.

He said: “We’re proud to have grown into the sec­ond big­gest club in Peter­bor­ough.

“We’ve come a long way in a rel­a­tively short space of time and we’ve en­joyed the suc­cess of the last two sea­sons.

“But it’s a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion for us now. We’ll be go­ing up against big clubs with much big­ger bud­gets than our­selves.

“It’s a chal­lenge I’m rel­ish­ing and I know the play­ers are keen to im­press at this level.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough start as we’ve got an in­jury cri­sis on our hands, but I’m con­fi­dent we’ll do okay if we can get all the lads fit and avail­able.

“Reach­ing the play-offs would be a huge achieve­ment in what I feel is one of the two strong­est Step 4 leagues in the coun­try.

“We’ve spent two years build­ing this team and work­ing hard to get here and hope­fully peo­ple will get be­hind us.

“We’re a Peter­bor­ough club full of Peter­bor­ough peo­ple on and off the pitch, and we’re very proud of that.

“We know we’re never go­ing to be a ri­val to Posh, but we’d like to think we of­fer an­other good foot­balling al­ter­na­tive in the city.

“Ev­ery sin­gle per­son through the turn­stile will be a big help to the club, my­self and my play­ers.”

Cen­tral de­fender Richard Jones (who is await­ing a scan on a knee is­sue) and fly­ing winger Jor­dan MacLeod (who suf­fered a frac­tured foot in pre-sea­son) are Dean’s big­gest in­jury worries.

Goal­keeper Lewis Moat is car­ry­ing a leg in­jury and faces a race against time to be fit for Satur­day’s opener. De­fender Josh San­ders, mid­fielder Dan Lawlor and striker Mark Jones are also doubts to face Kids­grove with nig­gles.

Dean has added four new sign­ings to his squad - the lat­est be­ing for­mer Cam­bridge City cen­tral de­fender David Femi­ola. He’s a for­mer Step 4 ti­tle-win­ner with Kings Lan­g­ley.

All-ac­tion mid­fielder Ro­gan McGe­orge and right-back Ash Robin­son both played in Divi­sion One South at Stam­ford last sea­son, while left­back Jonny Hall had stints at Step 3 with St Neots and Step 4 with So­ham last term.

Sports then go to Lin­coln United on Wed­nes­day.

PIC­TURE: DAVID LOWNDES

Man in the mid­dle for the Netherton v Stam­ford Lions game was Neil Smith.

Peter­bor­ough Sports boss Jimmy Dean.

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