Desborough Town head home this weekend, looking to get their season on track.
Ar Tarn welcome Peterborough Northern Star to the Waterworks Field tomorrow (Saturday) and on Tuesday night, Oadby Town are the visitors in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Desborough go into the games having suffered back-to-back losses against Kirby Muxloe and Biggleswade United in the FA Cup and boss Ian Walker admits that looking at the form guide, it doesn’t look too promising for his side this weekend.
He said: “Northern Star got a 0-0 draw at Kirby Muxloe and three days later, we went there and were beaten 8-0, so it looks another tough test for us.
“Northern Star are always around the top six and we are missing a couple of players, but the squad has depth and we should be okay.”
Walker says he was pleased with the way his team responded to the humbling at Kirby.
Last weekend, they went out of the FA Cup after an extra preliminary round defeat at Biggleswade United.
But Walker felt his side were “really, really unlucky” to lose 2-1 after Luke Cummins had given them a first-half lead.
He said: “I was pleased with the way we bounced back from the 8-0 defeat and had we taken our chances in the first half, we would have won.
“They threw everything at us in the second half, but we were comfortable until they smashed one in from 30 yards.
“That got their tails up and they went on to get a scrappy second. I thought we deserved a replay.”
Ar Tarn have had back-to-back defeats since kicking off the season with a 1-0 win over Holbeach United and Walker added: “We have a young side and as every manager knows, you’re always going to have your ups and downs with a young side.
“We know we will be competitive in this league and on our day, we are capable of beating anyone in this division.
“We proved that by beating a good Holbeach side, but we have to lose this Jekyll and Hyde tag.”
Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow has called for a “monumental effort” from his players in back-to-back away fixtures.
Corinthians head to Newport Pagnell tomorrow and on Tuesday night, they are at Kirby Muxloe.
They go into the matches missing several players and Sparrow, whose side have taken four points from their opening two Premier Division matches, said: “From the moment the fixtures came out, we knew this would be a hard week.
“It’s going to take a monumental effort from the players, but we tend to thrive when we have our backs to the wall.
“We will be giving a few players their first taste of the UCL Premier Division on Saturday and whoever we put out there will be full of fight and will make it hard for Newport Pagnell and Kirby.”
Newport Pagnell last weekend thumped Holmer Green 6-2 in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, while Rothwell crashed out following a 2-1 defeat at home to Thrapston Town.
Sparrow said: “I wasn’t massively happy with some of the decisions, but that said, we never hit our stride.
“The lads were very down afterwards.
“It wasn’t a case of them not wanting it enough, it just didn’t come together for us on the day. Thrapston seemed to deal with the occasion better than we did.”
Wellingborough Town head to Sleaford Town on Saturday looking to kick start their season.
The Doughboys were last week thumped 8-1 by Ashford Town at the Dog and Duck in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.
And Jamie Wright’s team are still looking for their first point of the season in the UCL Premier Division following back-to-back losses to Newport Pagnell (4-3) and Leicester Nirvana (4-1).
Those results mean the Doughboys have shipped 16 goals in their first three games.
Stewarts & Lloyds moved to the top of UCL Division One on Tuesday as they claimed a third win in as many matches when beating Lutterworth Athletic 3-1.
Goals from Paddy Daniels, Michael Byrne and Danny Reid sealed the victory for the Foundrymen who are without a game this weekend.
Rushden & Higham United are also going well after they won 4-0 at Potton United in midweek.
Lewis O’Dell, Jake Reynolds and Jed Ainge (2) helped maintain the Lankies’ good start ahead of their home clash with Buckingham Town tomorrow (Saturday).
Buckingham go into that game on the back of a 4-3 win at Whitworth in midweek and the Flourmen, who had Cavell Jarvis (2) and Deven Ellwood to thank for their goals, will be aiming to bounce back at Long Buckby this weekend.
Charlie Fowler, Jamie Russell and Michael Cirelli were on target in Raunds Town’s 3-1 success at St Neots Saints on Tuesday. The Shopmates head to Blackstones tomorrow.
Having dumped Rothwell Corinthians out of the FA Cup last weekend, Thrapston Town will be keen to maintain their good start to the season when they take on Irchester United in a local derby under the Chancery Lane lights tonight (Friday) night.
The Romans go into that clash on the back of a 3-2 success at Bugbrooke.
Burton Park Wanderers return to action tomorrow when they make the trip to Woodford United.