Markillie leaves the Drove helm

Nick Markillie Parson Dr. manager
Nick Markillie Parson Dr. manager

NICK Markillie was in charge of Peterborough Premier Division side Parson Drove for the final time on Saturday as they lost 3-2 at home to Oakham.

Drove led 2-0 at half-time with goals from James McManus and Anthony Melton but Oakham proved the better side in the second half.

Markillie said: “It would have been nice to have gone out with a win and I felt a draw would have been a fair result.”

Markillie has just completed his second five-year stint as manager of the club but admitted: “I think the time has come to call it a day although I will remain on the committee and help out when I can.

“I have really enjoyed my time in charge and it also helped me through some personal hard times too and I am grateful to the club and players for that.

“The only frustration is that I think that with the good players we have had at the club we could have achieved more. The highlight was in the second spell was reaching the 2008 PFA final when we lost to Perkins.

“The unavailability of players and discipline has really cost us. Also we have had goalkeeper problems too with Barry Hancock breaking his leg last season and having to use outfield players in games to fill in. But this season we have had Lee Brooks, Chris Horton and Sam Kilby to call on.”

The team’s appearance in the PFA final at London Road, Peterborough, came three months after Nick’s son Dan was killed in a road accident.

In Markillie’s first stint as boss Drove won a county cup, plus the Peterborough League Division Two and Three titles in successive years in 1997 and 1998.

Drove have certainly finished the season in style with five wins from the last seven games although the recent derby win against Leverington has been taken away after playing an ineligible player.

In midweek they beat Coates 2-0 with a penalty from James McManus and a late goal from Sam Kilby.