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Football round-up: Clubs resume after Covid disruption

Peterborough Sports suffer a disruptive festive period and Yaxley FC’s winning run came to an end at the weekend. Paolo Iantosca rounds up the local footy results.
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Peterborough United weren’t the only team suffering from postponements over the festive period as Peterborough Sports saw three of their last five games postponed.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds were forced to call off their meeting on December 27 due to COVID-19 cases in the squad while Jimmy Dean’s men also experienced positive cases in their camp, resulting in the postponement of Hitchin Town (January 1) and Rushall Olympic.

Sports managed to get one fixture played last Wednesday when they travelled to Needham Market in the rearranged fixture, after the game was abandoned earlier in the season for a serious injury. Despite the lengthy break, Dean’s men's wretched run of form continued as Dan Jarvis' goal was cancelled out by Ben Fowkes' strike in the 76th minute, meaning they missed out on the three points.

Sports return to action yesterday evening when they travel to Tamworth, and despite very depleted squad with 14 players available forcing a striker into playing centre-back, Dean’s men secured a fantastic 2-0 victory after goals from Josh Mccammon and Luke Warner Eley.

In the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands, Yaxley FC continued their fine run of form before Christmas that saw them pick up three wins on the bounce and move comfortably away from the relegation zone.

The Cuckoos managed to extend their winning run to five games after the Christmas break, picking up a fantastic victory over play-off hopefuls Stamford AFC before piling more misery on Wisbech Town on New Year’s Day.

Unfortunately, the winning run came to an end on Saturday when they were beaten 4-1 by title contenders Chasetown at Leading Drove.

After falling to defeat against Yaxley FC shortly after Christmas, Stamford AFC picked up maximum points in their next two games after victories over Corby Town and a stunning comeback over Sporting Khalsa, going from 3-1 down to win the game in injury time.

Wisbech Town picked up an important three points against fellow strugglers Soham Town Rangers on December 27, but have since suffered two defeats. Spalding United returned to winning ways on Saturday after five games without a win, beating Shepshed Dynamo 3-0 at Sir Halley Stewart Field.

In Women’s football, Peterborough United Women saw their first game of 2022 called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Wem Town Ladies. They are scheduled to return to action on Sunday to face Roade FC in the quarter-final of the Northants County Cup.

Interim manager Dan Lawlor has boosted his squad ahead of the second part of the season, adding former Holwell Sports and Peterborough Northern Star midfielder Faith Horner.