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Tydd approached lockdown in great form

It was a mixed bag of fortunes for our teams in Division One of the ChromaSport Peterborough & District Football League before lockdown struck.

Tydd enjoyed a brilliant run prior to lockdown but this was in contrast to Moulton Harrox Reserves, who suffered five successive losses.

Crowland Town Reserves’ run before lockdown saw them have three losses and one draw, Pinchbeck United Reserves lost twice and gained one draw in their last three games, and NECI sit bottom of the league with just a point all season.

Tydd United v Thorpe Wood. (42639081)
Tydd United v Thorpe Wood. (42639081)

Tydd have been the best local team in the division so far this season and, after a tricky start which saw them pick up only a point from their first five games, they completely turned around their season with four successive wins.

Much of that success has been down to the rich goalscoring form of Bradley Easey who has netted nine goals in his eight appearances this season.

Tydd joint-manager Stuart Easey said: “Myself and Alan Burch went into this year new to management, but with an idea of the players we wanted and how we wanted to play.

Crowland Reserves lost 8-0 to Stamford Bels.
Crowland Reserves lost 8-0 to Stamford Bels.

“Even with losing a few games early on, we could see plenty of positives in the way we were playing. The quality in this squad then became apparent.

“Also we added the experienced Marcus Burrell to our management team and we went on to dominate and control games, with results rightly coming our way.

“We know we have a long way to go but we are very happy with our progress so far.”

Moulton Harrox Reserves have struggled for consistency this season, with some results including a terrific 4-2 victory over Warboys Town, but the following week they were beaten 8-2 by Wittering Premiair.

Match action between Pinchbeck United Reserves and Crowland Town Reserves (42872717)
Match action between Pinchbeck United Reserves and Crowland Town Reserves (42872717)

Manager Danny Kingman said: “We’ve struggled with consistency this season due to injuries.

“We started off really well, after a good pre-season, but as the season’s gone on, we’ve struggled with injuries.

“The game against Wittering started us on this abysmal run, and it was a struggle for us after we lost our goalkeeper and plenty of other players as well.

Match action between Pinchbeck United Reserves and Crowland Town Reserves (42872705)
Match action between Pinchbeck United Reserves and Crowland Town Reserves (42872705)

“I think we’re also lacking an out and out goalscorer, and we’ve really struggled to replace Ash Wilson from last season.”

Pinchbeck United Reserves have suffered a similar fate to that of Harrox Reserves, where they have lacked any real consistency this season.

They have enjoyed such results as a brilliant 5-0 win against FC Peterborough, but this was followed up by a poor 4-0 loss to Tydd the next week.

A lot of their Reserve players have made the step up into the first team, which has shown the quality of their side, but has also made it hard for manager Tim Coomes to pick a settled side.

“We’ve been very inconsistent this season, where we’ve had a good result one week and a poor result the next,” said Coomes.

“It hasn’t really helped for me with the changes in the first team, but now Lewis (Thorogood) has made a few signings, I’m hoping it will allow me to get more of a settled side going forwards.

“Lockdown probably came at the right time for us, and certainly will allow me now to know where I need to strengthen in the future.

“We’ve got a very talented, young squad, but I think we haven’t seen the full potential of the likes of Mason Shores and Liam Mead, and I know all the lads are playing at 60% of their potential. They will kick on soon.”

Crowland Town Reserves haven’t quite lived up to their successful first team and are languishing in 13th place.

Crowland have really struggled on the goalscoring front this season, with only eight goals scored all season in just nine games.

Meanwhile, NECI have suffered an abysmal season to date, with just one point from their four games and sit rock bottom of the league.

They have only scored five goals so far, their only positive a surprising 4-4 draw against third place Stamford Belvedere.

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