Drove can go up a gear, believes manager Russell

Parson Drove joint manager Alan Russell thinks the side can do better after entering Christmas in fifth spot in the Peterborough League Premier Division.

“We have been a bit hit and miss,” he said. “We tend to play well against the good sides and we have beaten the likes of Leverington and ICA.

“Then we get to the poorer sides like Whittlesey Blue Star, we just don’t turn up.

“The season has gone OK, we are enjoying it, but we let ourselves down at times, with our inconsistency. If we can be a bit more consistent and the second half of the season goes as well as the first half, then we will be OK.”

Russell, who runs the team with ex-March boss Lester Kent, added: “We beat ourselves sometimes. If someone had offered us a top five spot at Christmas, would I accept it? Of course, but when you beat and compete with good sides it just makes you think.

“Whether it is the attitude of the players and they think it’s too easy – ‘oh well, we can just turn up and win’ – I think we can do better.

“Other people and other sides think so too, they said they can’t work us out either!”

Leverington Sports boss Stuart Webb said of their Premier campaign: “We started off poorly but we knew we’d wait until October or November as we had a lot of injured players coming back.

“We definitely picked up since the end of October, which corresponded with the return of captain Steve Thompson. We’ve lost one in the last eight, which is not too bad. Hopefully we can carry that into the New Year.

“We’ve still got to give a good account of ourselves and finish as high as we possibly can. We have a good camp at 
the moment and good team spirit.”

Division Three Long Sutton Athletic Reserves, the only local side to beat the weather, go to fifth spot after their 3-3 draw with Ramsey Res.