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Great start for Moulton and Crowland, Holbeach unbeaten, but Long Sutton inconsistent

With the recent lockdown restrictions impacting grassroots football, the Chromasport Peterborough and District football league shut its doors on football for a month.

For Moulton Harrox it was a very pleasing start to the season for them, as they won their sixth game out of six as they maintained their perfect start.

Their last game before lockdown was a terrific 3-0 victory over Peterborough North End Sports which propelled them up to third in the league, only behind Netherton and Stilton.

Moulton Harrox, who have won every game this season, in action against Stamford Lions.
Moulton Harrox, who have won every game this season, in action against Stamford Lions.

Assistant manager, Bobby Patterson said: "The lads have really been fantastic so far.

"We can't really ask for anymore of them, it's been a perfect start for us.

"We got our first clean sheet of the season in our last match before lockdown and that was the most pleasing thing for me.

Action from Crowland Town's 4-0 win over Long Sutton.
Action from Crowland Town's 4-0 win over Long Sutton.

"I think going forward if we could cut out the silly mistakes and individual errors, then we could see us become even better.

"Thankfully for us we've got a brilliant squad, a team of 15/16 players.

"Obviously, we're an amateur club, and they all want to play at the weekend, but the big thing for me and Kev (Nottingham) is that we've kept the lads fit and fresh and raring to go.

"One thing that has been pleasing for me is that our goals hasn't come from one individual person, but it's all over the pitch.

Undefeated Holbeach Reserves drew 1-1 at Ketton.
Undefeated Holbeach Reserves drew 1-1 at Ketton.

"I even think our two centre halves have got two or three goals each, and that's pleasing to see that the work we're doing on the training pitch is coming good.

"But overall, a good start to the season."

Holbeach United Reserves have remained unbeaten this season, but with draws aplenty.

They have managed three wins, but have doubled that with six draws for the season.

This includes two draws in their last two games, with a terrific 2-2 draw against league leaders Stilton United, which was followed up by a good 1-1 draw against the surprise package from last season's voided campaign Uppingham Town.

One of the positives for the Tigers is the form of Jordan Keeble, as he racks up as the squad's top goalscorer with seven goals in the nine games from this season.

Manager, Neal Collishaw said: "I think we've had a good start to the season, as we're still unbeaten.

"I think if we're being really critical, there's a few draws which we should have got a win from, and that would have been six more points which puts us into second in the league.

"But on the flip-side of that we managed to get a good draw against Stilton, and we played really well then.

"I think one of the best players for us this season has been Bradley Waters in goal.

"He's been consistently good in goal, his distribution has been top class, and he's never stopped shouting and communicating either, he's got everything you need to be a top class goalkeeper going forward."

Long Sutton have endured an up and down campaign thus far, and they sit in 10th place in the league.

Big victories against Cardea and Oakham have been mixed in with big losses against Netherton and Crowland.

One positive for the Magpies is the form of Matthew Eaton who comes in as the third top goalscorer in the league, with seven goals in nine games.

Manager, Dan Monaghan, had this to say: "So far I think the resounding feeling amongst both the management team and the players is what could of been.

"We feel that we should be 4 or 5 points better off at present than we are and that's not including the disappointing defeats to Netherton and Crowland, where if we had applied ourselves, and brought to these games the levels of performance we know we are capable of, then potentially more points could have been tallied up.

"But quite simply we haven't been good enough nor consistent enough in hitting the levels we expect considering what we believe is a talented and very capable group of players.

"But in football the table doesn't lie and hopefully we will get the opportunity after the lockdown to write a few wrongs, re-group and perform to the levels we should.

"It's a great bunch of lads and I'm confident we will come back strong."

Crowland Town have enjoyed life in the top tier, after their promotion from Division One last season, as they currently sit fourth in the league.

They have scored 20 goals this season, with Danny Firth being the pick of the bunch scoring seven of them.

They have enjoyed comfortable wins all season which was capped off brilliantly by beating Long Sutton 4-0 in their previous game.

Their only losses have been a tight 1-0 loss to Stilton and a disappointing 1-0 loss to Cardea.

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