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Deeping United kick-off their Peterborough League campaign




A new chapter in the evolving history of Deeping United kicks-off on Saturday.

The Linchfield Road club was only established in 2018, but now has more than 20 sides under their umbrella.

They have added a senior side to their ever-expanding roster for the coming campaign which begins on Saturday when United entertain Cambridge FC in Division Five of the Peterborough League.

Ian Abbott. (16211968)
Ian Abbott. (16211968)

United are jointly managed by former Ketton boss Ian Abbott and ex-Langtoft chief Mark Wyer who have put together a new squad for the season.

They have high hopes of bringing success to the club, but Abbott is aiming to overcome an an opening day hoodoo to ensure his side make a winning start.

He has yet to win a first game of the campaign during spells as manager of Bretton North End, Netherton Reserves and Ketton.

And United go into Saturday's opening day duel without three of their major summer signings - Adam Sparkes, Matty Kent and Steve Jucikas.

Abbott said: "It's been a long pre-season and it's tough starting a new side from scratch.

"It's more about who you know rather than what you know, but my contacts book is growing slowly.

"It's also typical that we're missing three players, who make up the spine of our side, for the first match.

"But it will give the young lads like Owen Ketteringham, Josh Raven and Jack Sharpe the chance to break into adult football.

"We want to do well this season and we're all looking forward to it.

"We've got some really good players signed for this level because we're ambitious and want to go as high as we can.

"But we have to take every game seriously and we've got to put the work in. The mentality has to be right.

"We've stayed away from signing negative players because they're too hard to manage.

"I want us to give 100 per cent every week and, if we then get beaten by a better side, that's fair enough. I can accept that.

"I can't tolerate us not trying though. We have to put in 100 per cent effort first and foremost and make sure that, even if we are beaten, then we go down fighting."



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