Big win was just what Sparrow wanted for Corinthians

Jack Dyson scores Rushden & Higham's second goal in their 3-2 home defeat to Thrapston Town last weekend. Picture by Jim McAlwane
Jack Dyson scores Rushden & Higham's second goal in their 3-2 home defeat to Thrapston Town last weekend. Picture by Jim McAlwane
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Rothwell Cornithians boss Shaun Sparrow got the headline-grabbing win he wanted last week.

Corinthians walloped St Neots Town 9-0 and Sparrow wants his players to match that level of performance every week.

Sparrow, whose side followed that victory up with a 2-0 win over Woodford United on Tuesday, said: “We were 3-0 up at half-time and I told the players ‘Let’s go out there and finish the job properly. We want a result that will make other teams take notice. We want to be taken seriously.’

“We didn’t stop for 90 minutes and could have had more goals. We hit the post a couple of times and their keeper made some good saves.

“The game was definitely as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.

“We want to be that good every game now. We had three players missing on Saturday as well, so they will be trying to get back in the team and that should keep everyone playing at that level.”

Sparrow says “it’s not beyond the realms of possibility” that Corinthians could snatch a promotion spot, but even if they miss out, they seem sure to have a say in who goes up.

Corinthians have 10 of their 12 remaining league games at home – including matches against five of the teams above them.

Sparrow says playing at Sergeants Lawn is a big advantage for his team as they prepare to host Olney Town tomorrow (Saturday).

He said: “We’ve only lost once at home this season and I think we’re making it a place teams don’t want to come to.

“The pitch definitely plays a part.

“The pitch is the same for both teams, but when you’ve travelled a long way to get to a game, then you have to apply yourself harder than usual to cope with the conditions, it does make it that bit harder.

“St Neots definitely didn’t adapt to the pitch very well last weekend.”

Thrapston Town’s slim hopes of moving into the promotion picture took a hit on Tuesday as they lost 1-0 to Lutterworth Athletic. Thrapston face Woodford at Chancery Lane this weekend.

Whitworth remain in the shake-up but will be tested to the limit at high-flying Northampton Spencer tomorrow.

There’s a local derby at Latimer Park as Burton Park Wanderers entertain Raunds Town while Irchester United take on Blackstones at Alfred Street.

Rushden & Higham face a tough test as they head to fourth-placed Potton United and rock-bottom Stewarts & Lloyds go to Bugbrooke.