Peterborough sporting director ‘euphoric’ over National League North third place ‘madness’

Jordan Nicholson (blue) scores for Peterborough Sports against Chester. Pictured: James Richardson.

A thrilling 3-2 victory over former Football League club Chester at the Bee Arena on Saturday took the city club to heights that even the most optimistic supporter could not have reached when the club kicked off a season as a second stage club for the first time in club history.

Sports have now beaten two former League clubs – they won 3-0 at Southport last weekend – on their way to seven points in their first four matches.

Top scorer Jordan Nicholson netted twice for Sports yesterday with Michael Gash netting his first goal of the season. Chester fought back from 2-0 up to level before Nicholson netted the winner midway through the second half.

“I feel euphoric,” Dean said Sunday. “I have to keep pinching myself to make sure this really happens.

“It really is madness. I had Sky Sports at 12.38 this morning and we flashed on the screen being third in a National League. It’s really amazing, but it’s also incredibly satisfying for the club.

“Of course we are only four games away from the season but we will have very little success this season. We were unlucky either. We deserved to beat Chester, just like we deserved to beat Southport .

“We’ve kind of strayed into letting Chester back into the game and not shutting down for part of any game is something we have to start doing at this level, and that includes me and the players.

“Chester scored twice when we lost focus, just like Gloucester did last Tuesday. You have to be mentally strong at this level. That won’t happen this season.

“But the boys have been brilliant so far and we’re set for what have to be the toughest two games on any National League schedule against our division’s two promotion favorites next weekend.”

Sporting will travel to Kidderminster on Saturday before hosting current leaders King’s Lynn Town on Bank Holiday Monday (Bee Arena, 3pm kick-off) when they hope to attract a number of Posh fans.

Before that, Sports will start their Northants Senior Cup defense by entertaining Northampton Town Under-23s on Tuesday (7.45pm). Dean will make several changes, but it’s still a game he’s desperate to win.

“I’ll probably change 10 players,” admitted Dean. “But we will always put a strong team into a competition that we want to win again. It’s our best, in fact it’s our only chance to win silverware this season.”

Dan Lawlor will be one of the senior players to face Cobblers. He missed out on Saturday’s win due to Covid.

Sports have released non-league midfielder Olumide Durojame after a short spell at the club.

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