Holbeach United manager Darren Jarvis insists his return to Peterborough Northern Star this weekend won’t be about settling any scores.
Jarvis goes back to Chestnut Avenue for the first time since his controversial dismissal from Star last February.
Jarvis and co-boss Michael Goode were sacked less than 48 hours after leading Star to the Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final.
It’s a decision that still irritates Jarvis – although he is adamant his focus this Saturday will be firmly on continuing the Tigers’ great run in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Holbeach go into the game in fourth place with a 10-game unbeaten league run since the opening day of the season.
Jarvis said: “Me and Michael (now the Deeping Rangers manager) were aggrieved when we were let go as we’d worked so hard for the club.
I’m looking forward to going back, but I enjoy every football match and, like all the others, it’s all about getting three points.Darren Jarvis
“But football has a funny way of working out and both of us have landed on our feet by finding better jobs.
“Holbeach is a great club with great fans. I’ve loved every minute of it here and we are determined to achieve our ambition of a top-four finish.
“There are still some people at Star who I don’t see eye-to-eye with, but there are also people who I admire and respect like manager Seb Hayes and secretary Glenn Harper.
“I’m looking forward to going back, but I enjoy every football match and, like all the others, it’s all about getting three points.
“It will be a tough game as Seb has Star playing well. They will be well organised and they will play football the right way.
“I want to win, obviously, but it’s not about settling any scores.
“I genuinely hope that Star go on to have a good season.
“If we are not physically and mentally ready for the game we will come unstuck. It will be one of the most difficult league games we’ve had all season.”
Jarvis faced another of his former clubs on Wednesday night when Blackstones came to Carter’s Park in the UCL Knockout Cup.
Jordan Thomas, Andrew Tidswell, Gary King and Tommy Treacher secured a 4-0 win which means the Tigers will be away to Kirby Muxloe in the second round.