Bradshaw hails ‘magnificent’ players as Ar Tarn open up in style

Wellingborough Town score their goal during last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Stotfold in the FA Cup. Picture by Jim McAlwane
Wellingborough Town score their goal during last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Stotfold in the FA Cup. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Chris Bradshaw described his Desborough Town players as “magnificent” after a superb start to the new season.

Ar Tarn booked a place in the preliminary round of the FA Cup as John Dean’s late goal earned them a 1-0 success at Tring Athletic last weekend.

And they followed that up with an impressive 2-0 victory at Kirby Muxloe on Tuesday night as a wonder-strike from Dan Grainger and a Jason Turner effort got their UCL Premier Division season off to a winning start.

Boss Bradshaw insists he “couldn’t have asked for any more” from his players in the opening week.

But he insists they won’t be getting carried away ahead of another tricky away-day at Yaxley this weekend.

“The lads have been magnificent and I couldn’t have asked for any more from them,” Bradshaw said.

“We have that togetherness in the dressing-room that we have been looking for.

“It was a massive result for the club in the FA Cup because it was a tough game at Tring and the finances 
that come from winning that game are huge for us.

“We have had two great performances and something we have worked on is keeping clean sheets because we didn’t keep anywhere near enough last season.

“We have also had three different goalscorers and that’s another thing we wanted – to get goals from all over the pitch.

“It’s a great start but we won’t get carried away because Yaxley is another tough away game for us.

“When I first saw our fixtures with Tring away in the FA Cup and then away matches at Kirby Muxloe and Yaxley and then a home game with Leicester Nirvana, there was part of me that was a bit concerned.

“But now we have the confidence and belief in ourselves and we have to take that into the next game.

“Everyone in the squad, and that includes those in the reserves, can be very happy with what they have done so far. We have something to go and build on.”

Jon Mitchell was delighted with the reaction he got from his Wellingborough Town players as they kicked off their UCL Premier Division season in style on Tuesday night.

Having suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Stotfold in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup last weekend, the Doughboys hit back with an impressive 4-2 victory over Eynesbury Rovers in midweek.

Having fallen a goal behind, Alfie Taylor levelled before Deven Ellwood gave them the lead.

And Taylor went on to complete his hat-trick as Wellingborough picked up an excellent early success.

But Mitchell is now keen for his players to follow that up, particularly with a number of matches at the Dog & Duck early in the campaign – the next of which is against Sleaford Town tomorrow (Saturday).

“We played really well against a decent Eynesbury side,” the Doughboys boss said.

“In fact, we didn’t play particularly badly at the weekend but we didn’t take enough of the chances we created.

“I wasn’t very happy with us going out of the FA Cup and I told the lads that they owed me and Stuart (assistant-manager Goosey) a reaction.

“And, to be fair, that’s what we got.

“We went 1-0 down but we grew into the game and they struggled to contain us. We could have scored six or seven in truth.

“It’s always great to get that first win on the board, especially in a game that we knew would be difficult.

“But, like I said to the players, we can enjoy that for one night and then we have to move on.

“We want to be as consistent as possible and we have a lot of home games early on in the season, which we must take advantage of.”

Rothwell Corinthians made the perfect start to their UCL Premier Division campaign on Wednesday night.

Goals from Daniel Cooper and Callum Plowright secured victory at Sergeants Lawn in the first league game in charge for joint-managers Shaun Sparrow and Jim Scott.

It was just the tonic Corinthians needed after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Crawley Green in their first game of the season in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup last Sunday.

Corinthians travel to Peterborough Northern Star this weekend.