Bad night still lingers for Ar Tarn’s Walker

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker
Desborough Town boss Ian Walker

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker says the visit of Peterborough Northern Star tomorrow (Saturday) is a reminder of “our lowest point of the season.”

In November, Ar Tarn were thumped 5-0 at Northern Star in the Knockout Cup and the sides now meet again in the Premier Division at Waterworks Field.

Walker said: “We know how good they are.

“We got a right mauling over at their place. It was one of the low points of the season.

“It was definitely one of our worst performances.

“We’ve put that behind us now and I’m sure we’ll give a much better account of ourselves on Saturday.”

Walker saw his side suffer a shock 3-2 home reverse against Northampton Sileby Rangers last week.

He said: “We missed chances last week and that cost us.

“For the first 20 minutes, it looked like there was only one winner, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“The most pleasing thing was that we kept going when we were 3-1 down late in the game and with a bit more luck, we might have got something from it.”

Wellingborough Town welcome one of the Premier Division’s form teams to the Dog & Duck tomorrow.

Deeping Rangers have won their last five games to climb the table.

But the Doughboys also go into this weekend’s match in confident mood.

Joint-boss Joe Smyth rated last week’s 1-0 win at Peterborough North Star as “the best performance since me and (joint -boss) Steve (Herring) have been here.”

Jake Newman was the matchwinner with a left-footed thunderbolt from 20 yards and that goal ended a run of four games without a win.

Smyth felt team spirit was the key to victory and added: “We have played better football at times this season but as for a complete team performance, that was the best we’ve seen.

“We made a couple of changes and produced a very disciplined performance.

“The lads listened, did what we asked them to do and they have to do the same on Saturday.”

Earlier this season, the Doughboys came from 2-0 down to pinch a point from a 3-3 draw at Deeping and Smyth added: “They weren’t very happy with that and will be fired up for this.”