Scott just focusing on Desborough’s Vase clash for now

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Mark Starmer takes his team to AFC Wulfrunians in the second round of the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday)
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Mark Starmer takes his team to AFC Wulfrunians in the second round of the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday)

Richard Scott is yet to make a decision about his future with Desborough Town.

Scott will take charge of Ar Tarn for their FA Vase second-round clash at Blaby & Whetstone tomorrow (Saturday) following the resignation of Steve Walker earlier this week.

Scott has stepped up from his assistant-manager role for this weekend and he insists his sole focus is on the game and nothing else for the time being.

“I came out of retirement to go and play for Steve 18 months ago and then I was given the chance to be his assistant during the summer,” Scott said.

“That was an opportunity I wanted to take and it is obviously disappointing to see what has happened this week.

“I have had a chat with the chairman and I am going to be there tomorrow to take charge of the team and maybe play as well.

“I am still yet to decide what will happen after that but that can come after the game.

“We have a good squad and we have been a bit unfortunate with injuries over the last six weeks or so.

“But we will have a look at it and pick the team we feel can get us a result.

“I see no reason why we can’t go there and return with a positive result.”

AFC Rushden & Diamonds, meanwhile, are also on the road at AFC Wulfrunians in the FA Vase on the back of two victories in the league.

Mark Starmer’s men saw off Cogenhoe 4-2 last Saturday before downing Long Buckby 1-0 in midweek and they will head to Wolverhampton in good spirits.

But while the manager fancies his side’s chances of making progress in the competition, he is well aware of the need to add a clinical edge to their play.

He said: “Our performances have generally been good this year, we’ve just not really taken our chances.

“Last season we had a tough battle in one out of five games but it’s different this year.

“We don’t want to get to the stage where we have to score three or four to win a game and that is why the win at Long Buckby on Tuesday, where we really had to dig in, will do us some good.

“It is tougher this year, without doubt, but we’re playing some decent stuff and that will have to continue this weekend.”

Tomorrow’s (Saturday) opponents ply their trade in the Midland Alliance – the same level as the UCL – and Starmer is eyeing a positive result in the west midlands.

He added: “We’ve had them watched and got some other information from another source so we’ve done our homework.

“We’ve done well in the cup competitions this year and last so we fancy our chances.

“If we have to bring them back here on Tuesday then so be it but we want to get through tomorrow.”

Diamonds, meanwhile, have boosted their squad ahead of tomorrow’s clash by signing former King’s Lynn Town captain Richard Bunting.

The 32-year-old midfielder captained the Linnets to the Northern Premier League Division One South title last season and had also won the UCL Premier Division title with Long Buckby in the past.

Bunting is eligible to play in tomorrow’s game after he left King’s Lynn last weekend.