Promotion-chasing Corinthians ready for two ‘massive’ games

Action from Irchester United's 1-0 win over Rushden & Higham last weekend. Picture by Dan Beaman
Action from Irchester United's 1-0 win over Rushden & Higham last weekend. Picture by Dan Beaman

Rothwell Corinthians can take a couple of big step towards the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division in the next few days.

Seven straight wins have propelled Corinthians into the Division One promotion mix and boss Shaun Sparrow describes his side’s next two games as massive.

Corinthians welcome Olney Town to Sergeants Lane tomorrow (Saturday) and on Tuesday night, Peterborough Sports are the visitors.

Sports currently occupy the second promotion spot, five points ahead of Corinthians, who have three games in hand on them.

And Sparrow admitted: “These games are huge. They are cup finals for us.

“The lads are in buoyant mood at the moment and if anyone’s going to stop them, it’s not going to be easy for them.

“We’ve put together a new team this season and I always knew it would take time for them to gel.

“But we seem to have clicked now.

“We’ve kept five straight clean sheets, we’re working hard in midfield and the lads up top are putting the ball in the net.”

Jordan Henson and Dom Page both grabbed hat-tricks in last week’s 6-0 thumping of Buckingham Town that keeps Corinthians in touch with the promotion places.

Northampton Spencer currently top the table, ahead of Peterborough Sports and Sparrow says his side have added motivation to beat the second-placed side on Tuesday.

He said: “We were beaten by a very dodgy penalty at their place earlier this season. We left there feeling we’d been robbed. That gives us a bit of extra motivation.

“Whatever happens, it’s been a great season. It’s just a case of how great this season becomes.

“If we make it, it’s no less than the players deserve. They have worked so hard on and off the pitch and have been a pleasure to work with.

“If we don’t make it this season, we’ve still got plenty of time. The average age of the team is only 23 years old, so I’m hoping they will stay together for another five years.

“There’s no pressure on the players to go up this season.”

Corinthians could get a helping hand from another local side Irchester United this weekend as the Romans host fourth-placed Lutterworth Athletic having suffered a 5-0 home loss to Spencer in midweek.

Elsewhere, there is a local derby at Occupation Road as bottom side Stewarts & Lloyds host Rushden & Higham United, who were 2-0 winners at Burton Park Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

Wanderers take on Buckingham Town at Latimer Park while Thrapston Town, beaten 4-1 at Bourne Town in midweek, are back on home territory as they face Blackstones at Chancery Lane.

Seventh-placed Whitworth have slipped out of contention for promotion and they entertain sixth-placed Potton United this weekend.