Brunton wants Lankies to go and make history

Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier saw his team claim a fine 5-4 win over Potton on Tuesday. They head to Woodford United this weekend
Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier saw his team claim a fine 5-4 win over Potton on Tuesday. They head to Woodford United this weekend

Rushden & Higham United boss Dale Brunton reckons his team can make history.

Formed in 2007, the Lankies have never reached the UCL Premier Division before.

They are currently third in Division One after one defeat in their last five games.

And victory at Oakham United tomorrow (Saturday) will put them level on points with second-placed Stewarts & Lloyds, who are in Knockout Cup action at Premier Division side Boston Town.

Brunton said: “I’ve got the strongest squad of players I’ve ever seen at the club and if we can keep putting the same 11 players on the pitch, we will be a match for anyone.

“Nobody will catch Peterborough Sports the way they are going, but Stewarts & Lloyds are catchable.

“They do have games in hand on us, but we would rather have the points on the board.

“We’ve got a lot of our tough games out of the way before Christmas and are third.

“The games against the sides lower in the table are sometimes the ones we struggle to win, but if we can put that right, we have a chance.”

This weekend, the Lankies can complete a league double over Oakham United having won 2-0 when the sides met at Hayden Road last month.

Brunton says his side “weren’t 100 per cent that day, but we ground out a result” and it was a similar story at Buckingham Town last week where Jack Dyson got the 75th-minute winner in a 3-2 victory.

“It wasn’t our best performance of the season,” said Brunton.

“But if we are beating good teams without playing well that has to be a good sign.

“We’ve beaten Buckingham three times this season now and if you had told me that would happen at the start of the season I would have been happy with that.”

Buckingham are the opponents for Thrapston Town at Chancery Lane this weekend and Irchester United, who enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over St Neots Town Saints in midweek, also have home advantage as they take on Olney Town at Alfred Street.

Whitworth, meanwhile, host Lutterworth Athletic.

Bottom side Burton Park Wanderers face a tough task as they head to unbeaten leaders Peterborough Sports while Raunds Town are on the road at Woodford United.