ChromaSport Peterborough and District League season preview 2019-20
Long Sutton Athletic head into a new ChromaSport Peterborough and District League season with fresh management confident of improving their standing.
The Magpies kick off their Premier Division campaign with two home games, against Peterborough North End on Saturday (2pm) and a derby with Tydd on Tuesday (7.30pm).
Sutton are managed by former player Daniel “Dave” Monaghan, who made the switch back to London Road over the summer after ten years as player then manager at Tydd, leading them up to the top tier.
“The opportunity arose to come back to Sutton and I saw it as a good step for me, Monaghan said.
The brief was to bring in a lot of local talent and I’m pleased that I’ve been able to do that.
Monaghan has recruited a new strike force in former Holbeach United player Jake Clitheroe from Tydd and Matt Eaton from nearest rivals Sutton Bridge United.
Both scored in last Friday’s 5-0 pre-season win over Swineshead Institute, along with fellow new signing Ben Partridge and former Boston United trainee Niall Burton.
Monaghan also brought Adam Groves from Tydd, a player he rates as the best young keeper in the area.
“With the group of players we’ve got I’m quietly optimistic of a top-six finish and hopefully, with a bit of luck along the way, a bit more,” he said.
“We’ve got the morale and we’ve got a lot of quality – it’s just seeing how that gels.”
Monaghan has a lot of fond memories of his time at Tydd but says he’ll be looking to get one over them on Tuesday before enjoying a drink with them afterwards.
Tydd, who finished a very creditable ninth last time out in their first season in the top flight, start on Saturday at ICA Sports.
Meanwhile, Holbeach United Reserves’ Phil Barnes is another manager targeting a top-six finish.
The Tigers’ second string came seventh last season and Barnes’ aim for the coming campaign is simply to show improvement.
“All we’re trying to do is develop the players,” said the UCL Premier Division winner with Holbeach United and Spalding United.
“For me, it will be a good season if we’re able to improve on last season and get a couple of players some time in the first team.”
Returning to Carter’s Park after playing in their youth at Holbeach are Tom Coote and Josh Balding. Wide midfielder/forward Dylan Peverall is another new recruit.
Holbeach start at Uppingham Town on Saturday before a derby date at Moulton Harrox on Tuesday (6.30pm).
“We’ve got some tough games early on and it’ll be baptism of fire for us," Barnes said.
"In this league, Moulton are the benchmark.”
In response, Moulton boss Kev Nottingham was equally complimentary about their local rivals.
“Phil’s trying to do the right thing by bringing the youth through and we’re looking forward to Tuesday,” he said.
Moulton start on Saturday at Oakham United, who Nottingham saw beaten 3-0 by Parson Drove on Groundhop weekend last month.
He expects Moulton to be a stronger club now that Danny Kingman is in charge of the Reserves and there’s an under-18 side.
“We’re trying to build for the future,” said Nottingham.
“In the first team, we’ll be looking to defend our title and, as for cups, we fell a bit short last season so we’re looking for better there.
"We’ll be trying hard in every competition we’re in.”