Doughboys will rise under Watts’ guidance

Wellingborough Town's new boss Ben Watts
Wellingborough Town's new boss Ben Watts

Ben Watts is aiming to further improvement at the Dog & Duck after being appointed as the new manager of Wellingborough Town.

Watts, who took charge of the Doughboys for the first time in their 2-2 draw with Harborough on Tuesday night, replaces the recently departed Craig Adams who moved to Bedford Town.

And while there are only five games remaining in their ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division campaign, starting with the visit of Cogenhoe this weekend, Watts is already making plans for next year.

He said: “We can’t sign anyone at the minute but plans for pre-season and next year are already being made because July and August will be around before you know it.

“I’m looking at the players we’ve got and talking to a few more that we’ve got our eyes on. That has to start now so we don’t get left behind.”

It’s been a good year for the club with a solid performance in the league and a semi-final appearance in the League Cup and Watts, who previously had a stint at Rothwell Corinthians, thinks there is a good platform to build on.

He continued: “I didn’t take on the job for us to be a bog standard club, I want us to do even better.

Elsewhere in the top flight, AFC Rushden & Diamonds host Yaxley tonight (Friday) and S&L entertain Sleaford at the weekend. Desborough are without a game.

In Division One, the in-form Thrapston, who are unbeaten in nine, welcome Buckingham tonight.

Irchester go to Lutterworth on Saturday, Whitworth are on the road at Bugbrooke St Michaels, Rushden & Higham travel to Olney and Rothwell Corinthians host Raunds.