Peterborough North End chase quick hat-trick of derby wins as Whittlesey Athletic visit Bee Arena

Action from a Peterborough North End match (blue and yellow) earlier this season.

The City side loaded up the table after home wins over Huntingdon (5-0) and Parson Drove (3-1) to give themselves an away chance of reaching the end-of-season play-offs.

A win over fifth-placed Whittlesey would move North End to sixth, but likely only for 24 hours.

Yaxley loanee Josh Hales scored a hat-trick in last Saturday’s win over Drove and will look to do similar damage to a Whittlesey side who haven’t played since a 6-0 FA Vase defeat at home against Newport Pagnell on December 11. .

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Tom Florence, manager of Peterborough North End.

Not that Sports boss Tom Florence thinks his side are now favorites to win.

“It could be a good time to play against Whittlesey,” Florence said. “But knowing them, they will be just as difficult to face and beat as they always are. I have a lot of respect and admiration for them and I’m not surprised that they are having a great season.

“They’ve been together for a long time. They’re still competitive and they won’t give us a minute of peace in the 90 minutes. They’re in the last play-off spot and I don’t see them escaping because they’re so together and talented We are a better and more confident team now than when we lost to them earlier in the season.

“We enjoy our football. We field a stable team and we are playing well, especially at home where only the top two in the division have beaten us. We have an outside chance to reach the play-offs. We would probably have to win nine of our remaining 11 games but after Whittlesey we currently only have two teams above us in the league to play and one of them is Norwich CBS which is the team currently in the dams that we could catch. I hope for an exceptional crowd tomorrow. We had almost 200 in the away game which was also played on a Friday night and we hope to reach 150 tomorrow.

“It’s a derby that hopefully increases the attraction and if we can win a third derby in a row that would be an achievement.”

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