Doughboys’ new managerial duo face their first test

Joe Smyth, alongside Steve Herring, will take charge of Wellingborough Town for the first time this weekend when they travel to Harborough Town
Joe Smyth, alongside Steve Herring, will take charge of Wellingborough Town for the first time this weekend when they travel to Harborough Town

The season may be less than a month old but it’s all change at the Dog & Duck.

Four defeats from as many starts – three in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division and the other in the FA Cup – have resulted in the Wellingborough Town hierarchy wielding the axe with manager Ben Watts and assistant Ashley Civil being shown the door.

In their place come Joe Smyth and Steve Herring as joint-managers with Mark Herring providing assistance with their first task being a trip to Bowdens Park to face another winless outfit, Harborough Town, on Saturday afternoon.

There is rot to be stopped and Steve Herring knows there is hard graft in store.

He said: “We’ll be totally committed to turning it round and we’re under no illusuions as to the size of the task.

“I’ve worked with Joe in the UCL before and we both know what needs to be done to get sides up in the league.

“It’s a sad situation when managers leave clubs but it’s a fantastic opportunity for us.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Desborough, on the back of a 5-1 thumping at AFC kempston, are on the road at Harrowby and boss Ian Walker is expecting a tough assignment,

He said: “I’ve taken sides over there before when I was at Thrapston and they’ll be hard-working, strong and physical.

“We’ve shown what we can do a couple of times this season, especially at Long Buckby where we had a good evening (with a 4-0 win) and we need to get back to that.”

In Division One, Irchester are on the road at Peterborough Sports while Thrapston entertain Whitworth, both of which take place tonight (Friday)

On Saturday, Burton Park Wanderers welcome St Neots Town Saints, S&L Corby host ON Chenecks, Raunds make the journey to Olney and Rushden & Higham visit Woodford.