Confidence boost for Wanderers after first win of the season

Ian Benjamin's Stewarts & Lloyds dropped to the foot of the UCL Division One table in midweek
Ian Benjamin's Stewarts & Lloyds dropped to the foot of the UCL Division One table in midweek

Burton Park Wanderers sealed their first win of the ChromaSDport & Trophies United Counties League Division One season on Tuesday.

Luke Smith’s side triumphed 1-0 at fellow strugglers Stewarts & Lloyds.

Wanderers boss Smith felt his team were good value for that and he believes it was a welcome confidence-booster ahead of this weekend’s NFA Junior Cup clash at Rothwell Corinthians Reserves.

He said: “It was a great win. It wasn’t a star performance by any means but the lads worked hard and they deserved the result.

“The players can take confidence from that win and they needed it because we played at Irchester last weekend against a team I don’t believe we are far off and once we went 2-0 down the heads dropped.

“I now wish that game was coming up this weekend after the win on Tuesday.

“But it’s the Junior Cup and we will take it seriously, even though I am undecided on how we will approach it.

“There are players who have come in and played for us already this season who deserve another chance to shine and our under-18s are unbeaten this season so there may be an opportunity for them as well.

“Corinthians were there watching us on Tuesday so we know they are taking it seriously as well. It will be tough because they have some decent players there.”

S&L take on Thrapston Town, who lost 2-0 at Bourne Town on Tuesday, at Occupation Road tomorrow.

Irchester United picked up one of their most impressive wins of the season on Tuesday as they beat local rivals Raunds Town 2-0 with the Shopmates losing ground on leaders Olney Town as a result.

The Romans have another local derby this weekend when they head to Rushden & Higham United, who lost 6-2 at home to Olney in midweek, while Raunds will bid to bounce back when they face Woodford United at Kiln Park.

Whitworth’s fine start has suffered a couple of setbacks this week with a 4-2 loss at Melton Town being followed by a 4-3 midweek home loss to Daventry Town.

The Flourmen entertain Lutterworth Athletic in a Knockout Cup match on tomorrow.