UCL Preview – Ar Tarn and Doughboys set to take on high-fliers

Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams takes his team to unbeaten Huntingdon Town this weekend
Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams takes his team to unbeaten Huntingdon Town this weekend

Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town have the chance to do some damage at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League this weekend.

Steve Walker’s Ar Tarn host leaders Deeping Rangers while Craig Adams takes his Doughboys to unbeaten Huntingdon Town.

Deeping arrive at the S6 Stadium having won seven games in a row in the league after losing their first match of the season.

But Walker, who was delighted with his team’s 2-1 success at Peterborough Northern Star last weekend, feels his team has what it takes to give the leaders a thorough examination.

“Obviously, as we speak they are top of the league but we have always had close matches with them over the years,” the Desborough boss said.

“It has been a bit strange for us so far because we have gone to places like Long Buckby and Newport Pagnell and dominated the games but only come away with a point.

“Last weekend, it is fair to say Northern Star had a bit more of the play but we scored two very good goals and came away with an ugly win.

“So we can go into this weekend with confidence and I believe we can get something from the game.

“We are hopeful of having one or maybe two new players in before the game. We have struggled with injuries and people being unavailable so we do need to add in certain areas.”

Wellingborough head into their clash at third-placed Huntingdon also on the back of a good result on the road.

Adams watched his team win 1-0 at Boston Town last weekend, although he is aware it will take a “massive effort” for his team to gain another positive outcome on Saturday.

“We still have quite a few injuries and we are looking around to try to bring in one or two,” Adams said.

“But we don’t want to bring players in for the sake of it. We only want lads who we feel can improve us.

“I think Huntingdon are unbeaten in 13 games so I hope it is unlucky for them this weekend.

“But they had a decent season last year and it looks like they have improved again this time.

“If we can come back from there with something then it will be all credit to the lads we have available. It is a massive test for them.

“We have a bit of history with them so that will spice things up.

“But I really just want us to carry on doing what we have been doing of late.

“It will take a massive effort to get something from the game. I haven’t seen Huntingdon play this season but clearly they have done very well.

“But we will go over there with a gameplan and see if we can upset the league table a little bit.”

The game of the weekend in Division One is undoubtedly at Kiln Park where Raunds Town come up against leaders Oadby.

Only three teams in the division are still in possession of undefeated records and this encounter will see two of them – Harrowby are the other – attempt to extend what have excellent starts to the campaign.

This is certainly true of Oadby who, as things stand, are eight points clear at the summit with a tally of 31 points from a possible 31.

Raunds, who have won five, including a 2-1 defeat of Whitworth, and drawn the same again, have accumulated a creditable 20 points but there boss James Le Masurier is under no illusions as to what they should expect come Saturday afternoon.

He said: “It will definitely be a good test for us.

“They’ve got a number of good players and a bit of a budget and their results show that they’re probably the best team in the league at the minute.

“After not getting promoted last season they changed their manager but have kept a lot of the players together and added a few new faces. They’re a strong side.”

Elsewhere, there is a derby clash at Alfred Street where Irchester, who drew 1-1 with Rothwell Corinthians in midweek, welcome Thrapston who were on the road at Blackstones last night (Wednesday).

Rushden & Higham will look to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to Olney as they make the trip to Bugbrooke and the same will be true for Burton Park Wanderers – 6-2 losers at St Neots Saints – as they entertain winless Woodford.

St Neots will provide the weekend opposition for Whitworth while Rothwell Corinthians, are at home to Eynesbury.