Sargent wants his Romans to stick together

Irchester United manager Steve Sargent
Irchester United manager Steve Sargent

Irchester United boss Steve Sargent is praying the side he’s built stays together.

The Romans’ 3-2 win over Buckingham Town in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League on Tuesday means that for the first time in five years they have won four successive matches.

The winning run was kick started against Lutterworth Athletic and results show the Romans have also upset ON Chenecks and Peterborough Sports this season.

Sargent says injuries and suspensions have prevented his side showing their best form more often this season and reckons the future is bright if his current squad decide to stay at Alfred Street.

He said: “If they all stay together, we definitely have a chance of doing better next season. It’s all down to whether the players believe in what we’re doing here.

“We will just have to wait and see what happens over the summer.

“But if we keep this side together, we will be looking to push on next season.

“Chenecks have shown what happens when a good side stays together for a while.”

Chenecks are currently challenging for runners-up spot, while Irchester go into the last four games of the season 15th in the table following their winning run.

The Romans have netted 12 goals in wins over Lutterworth, Burton Park, St Neots and Buckingham and Sargent said: “We haven’t been doing anything different in the last few games. It’s just that we’ve been able to keep a settled side.

“We’ve had so many injuries and suspensions this season and it’s only in the last couple of weeks that we’ve been able to name an unchanged side.

“Everyone knows that if you have a settled side, you get better results.

“We brought in a few big names earlier in the season and that didn’t really work out.

“So we’ve put our faith in younger players and brought lads in from other team’s reserves who have been outstanding for us.”

It’s a big weekend for second-placed Rothwell Corinthians as they take on fellow promotion chasers Potton United at Sergeants Lawn on Saturday.

They could also get a favour from Thrapston Town who host Peterborough Sports while the other local teams in action are also on home soil as Rushden & Higham United face Buckingham Town with Stewarts & Lloyds taking on Woodford United.