Corinthians in a ‘lovely position’ for promotion run-in

Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow is looking forward to the UCL Division One run-in
Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow is looking forward to the UCL Division One run-in

Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow says his side are in “a lovely position” as the race to join the UCL Premier Division heads for an exciting climax.

Six straight wins have propelled Corinthians up to fifth in the Division One table and with six of their remaining eight game at home, they still have a chance to snatch promotion.

Sparrow, whose side entertain Buckingham Town tomorrow (Saturday), said: “We’ve got nothing to lose. We don’t have the same pressure as the other teams.

“The target at the start was to finish in the top half and even if it all goes horribly wrong between now and the end of the season, we’re still going to achieve that.

“So we can just have a punt in the last few games and see what happens. If we continue to do what we have been doing, who knows ?

“It’s a great position to be in. We’re in the mix but there’s no pressure on us. We are exactly where we want to be.”

Sparrow admits his side’s run-in could be easier.

They still have to play Peterborough Sports, Potton and Lutterworth Athletic, but perhaps crucially, all those games are at home.

Sparrow said: “We’ve still got to play some of the top teams, but we won’t be giving them anything. They will have to come here and beat us.”

But the Corinthians boss admits the home fixture with Buckingham Town is the sort of fixture he dreads.

He said: “We will be expected to win and these are the games when I feel the pressure.

“But the club is a great place to be at the moment. Everyone is buzzing.”

Two of Corinthians’ promotion rivals are in action against local clubs this weekend.

Thrapston Town, who drew 3-3 with St Neots Town Saints on Tuesday, head to ON Chenecks while Raunds Town entertain Lutterworth.

Whitworth’s challenge has faded but they will aim to get back on track at home to Woodford United.

There is a local derby at Alfred Street as Irchester United take on Rushden & Higham.

And rock-bottom Stewarts & Lloyds will be hoping for a better when they head to Northampton Spencer, seven days on from a humiliating 12-0 home defeat to the leaders.