Smyth wants Doughboys to turn draws into wins

Wellingborough Town joint-bosses Joe Smyth and Steve Herring
Wellingborough Town joint-bosses Joe Smyth and Steve Herring

Wellingborough Town have produced two fine comebacks in the last week.

But joint-boss Joe Smyth is now hoping his team can turn draws into a win when they host UCL Premier Division bottom markers Long Buckby tomorrow (Saturday).

The Doughboys came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Deeping last weekend and then twice came from behind to take a point in a 2-2 stalemate with Eynesbury on Tuesday.

And while the spirit can’t be questioned, Smyth is hoping his players will be more clinical this weekend.

“There is no doubting the character in the team at the moment,” Smyth said.

“It has been a hard process to get what we now feel is our team together.

“But the spirit is great and it has shown in the way we have come back in matches this week.

“What we must stop doing is giving silly goals away because we are creating enough chances to win matches.

“There is no mercy in this league. If you give teams chances, they will punish you but we need to be more clinical.

“The overall performances have been good, we just need to turn those into wins.

“We had eight Wellingborough-based players in the side on Tuesday. We want to keep this club local and it is pleasing to see that it’s starting to happen.”

Ian Walker knows Desborough Town can’t be fooled by Sileby Rangers’ position in the UCL Premier Division ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Fernie Fields.

Ar Tarn go in search of a third league win in a row, although Walker admitted “the wheels fell off” as they were hammered 5-0 at Peterborough Northern Star in the Knockout Cup on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, the league form has pleased the Desborough boss but he knows Saturday’s trip will be tougher than the table suggests.

“Sileby are a strong side, they have signed a lot of good players recently,” Walker said.

“So their league position doesn’t really matter. It is going to be a tough game.

“I didn’t really see Tuesday night’s performance coming but we could have no complaints.

“The league form this month has been really good and it was a terrific win for us against Harrowby last weekend.

“So we just need to try to keep that run of form going.”

Dale Brunton is hoping Rushden & Higham United can keep things going after a fine week for the Hayden Road club.

Brunton picked up his first win since taking charge of the Lankies when they stunned current UCL Division One leaders Peterborough Sports with a 1-0 victory last weekend.

That was promptly followed by a 2-0 home success over local rivals Irchester United in midweek.

The Lankies take on Woodford United at Hayden Road this weekend.

“It has been a very decent week for us,” Brunton said.

“I would say they were two of the best perfomances of the whole season.

“We have improved defensively and that has been crucial for us.

“The boys have defended right from the front in the last two matches and their hard work has been rewarded.

“I am relieved that we have got a couple of wins and now we will try to build on it.

“We have another home game and we want another positive result.”

Elsewhere in Division One this weekend, there are three local derbies with the pick being Thrapston Town’s clash with sixth-placed Rothwell Corinthians, who claimed a fine 4-1 win at Blackstones on Wednesday, at Chancery Lane.

Fifth-placed Whitworth will be aiming to get back to winning ways after two successive defeats when they host rock-bottom Stewarts & Lloyds, who are still chasing their first point of the season.

Two other sides in desperate need of a win meet at Alfred Street as Irchester take on fellow strugglers Burton Park Wanderers.

Raunds Town were on the end of a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Northampton Spencer on Tuesday night.

The Shopmates will be hoping for better when they entertain third-placed ON Chenecks.