History-maker Peters pleased as punch

By Danny Caro, week beginning 1 January 1970

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They say good things come to those who wait and wait he did, 11 games in fact, but that elusive first win came against a talented Brixton team, with a clean sheet thrown in for good measure.

Adam Hersh (Los Blancos), Josh Dagul (Brady B), Darren Freed (FC Team B), Joel Nathan (Brady A), Jon Jacobs (Redbridge JC B), Ben Simon (FC Team C) and Jamie Kyte (Lions B) were all in the hat, but in the end I could not ignore Norstar A gaffer Phil Peters.

Management is meant to be a stressful thing, but Peters shows no signs of grey hairs. Far from it in fact. When the Oranges were losing, he kept smiling, stayed loyal to his ethics and certainly didn't hit the panic button.

Keeper Ben De La Fuente had a big part to play in a performance that had Peters purring. "After 11 games there were some people doubting this day would arrive, but I’ve had confidence in my players from the very beginning and hope we can now push on from here," he told JC Sport.

"Special praise to my MotM, the Rice Man Ben De La Fuente who dedicated his performance (we think) to his newly born niece Gracie Rose. But today was about our whole squad and we’ve not lost that togetherness despite our poor run of results.

"We'll fight with everything we've got to stay in this division and next week we hope to start a cup run as well with a tough game against SPEC.

"It’s great to finally break our Brixton hoodoo as well – they're a terrific team with real quality throughout – despite what my pre-match comments might have alluded to ... we look forward to another battle with them in 2013."