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Moulton Harrox face Eye United in the quarter-finals of the Peterborough Senior Cup

Assistant boss Bobby Patterson will be calling for his Moulton Harrox side to move up a gear as the race for Peterborough Senior Cup honours hots up this weekend.

Harrox take on Eye United in the quarter-final of the competition after going unbeaten through a stop-start group campaign.

They recorded three victories to top Group A which saw two teams withdraw midway through the competition.

Dec Earth netted Moulton's winning goal from the penalty spot on Saturday. (47550233)
Dec Earth netted Moulton's winning goal from the penalty spot on Saturday. (47550233)

Having set out with the aim of being the first winners of the competition, Patterson now wants to ensure that outgoing first team boss Kev Nottingham finishes on a high before resuming his role as reserve manager at the club.

Patterson said: "We told the lads at the start that we wanted to win it. We have qualified unbeaten and we've now got to go up a gear.

"It could potentially be Kev's last game on Saturday if the boys don't deliver and it wouldn't be right to go out like that.

"We will make sure that the boys know we want two more games after this week."

Saturday's match is being played at Pinchbeck United's Knight Street ground (kick-off 2pm) with Harrox unable to use their Broad Lane base due to the village cricket club's commitments.

And Patterson is hoping that Harrox can get plenty of backing against an Eye side who finished as runners-up in Group B.

The two teams did meet earlier in the season in the Premier Division with Harrox needing two late goals to secure a 2-1 victory.

Patterson added: "Pinchbeck have kindly allowed us to play at their ground and, with very few games in the area on Saturday, hopefully it will give us a chance to get plenty of people down to have a look at us.

"We will need to be on our game because it definitely isn't a gimme and the boys will be told that."

Harrox are hoping to welcome back Billy King, Joe Townsend, Dalius Kisla, Andy Law and Ali Morgan who all missed the group finale at FC Peterborough on Saturday.

With their qualification already secured, Harrox opted to rest several players for the match against their Division One hosts.

Dec Earth's first half penalty settled a low key clash after the impressive Ian Bradbury had been brought down in the box.

Chances were few and far between for both sides after that with Patterson - who had been introduced as a substitute with 20 minutes remaining - spurning Harrox's best opening to double the lead.

Bradbury - who captained the side - turned his marker to break free before squaring to Patterson who made a cracking connection but fired over the open goal from four yards out.

Patterson continued: "It was a bit of a dead rubber as both teams had nothing to play for.

"It was a case of going there and getting the result so we could move on and concentrate on this weekend.

"We got what we needed from the game and it worked out alright."

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