Fan power can help Corinthians’ promotion bid

Lewis O'Dell scores the second of his hat-trick during Rushden & Higham United's 5-0 success at Stewarts & Lloyds last weekend. Picture by Jim McAlwane
Lewis O'Dell scores the second of his hat-trick during Rushden & Higham United's 5-0 success at Stewarts & Lloyds last weekend. Picture by Jim McAlwane
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Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow says his side’s fans can make the difference as the race to join the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division heads for a photo finish.

Corinthians are up to second in the Division One table with games in hand on the teams below them after a good-sized crowd roared them to a ninth successive win in midweek.

Jordan Henson netted twice, like he did against Olney Town last weekend, in the 3-0 win over promotion rivals Peterborough Sports at Sergeants Lawn.

And though he’s keen to play down his side’s chances of a top-two finish, Sparrow admits they are “probably” favourites to go up now.

Of their seven remaining games, five are at home – starting with the visit of Bourne Town tomorrow (Saturday) – and Sparrow says he hopes supporters keep doing their bit in the closing weeks of the season.

He said: “The crowd were fantastic on Tuesday. There were more of them and they were loud.

“I would say to the supporters: ‘Keep being loud, be louder if you can and if you’ve got any loud mates, bring them along too!’

“The supporters can definitely make a difference. It really spurs the lads on. The reaction after we scored on Tuesday night was like something you’d see in the FA Cup final.

“It’s been a hard couple of years for everyone at the club and it’s great to see people enjoying themselves again.

“We hope the supporters stay with us until the end of the season and who knows, they could be the difference.

“It’s going to be very tight. Three weeks ago we were fourth or fifth favourites for promotion, so that shows how quickly things can change.

“I think there will only be a point in it at the end of the season and if we miss out this time, there’s always next season.

“But if we continue to produce, other teams will have to do more than us and it’s going to be tough to find a team who’s playing better than us at the moment.

“At our best we can go anywhere and challenge anyone.”

Tuesday was also a fine night for Whitworth as they ended leaders Northampton Spencer’s 22-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 success.

The Flourmen host Buckingham Town this weekend while Irchester United take on St Neots Town Saints, aiming to make it three wins in a row after a 3-1 victory at Burton Park Wanderers in midweek.

Burton host Woodford United tomorrow while Rushden & Higham United and Thrapston Town also have home advantage against Peterborough Sports and Bugbrooke respectively.