UCL Preview – Clubs all set for knockout action

Rothwell Corinthians celebrate one of their goals during the 4-1 win over Woodford United at the weekend. They host Bugbrooke in the UCL Knockout Cup tonight
Rothwell Corinthians celebrate one of their goals during the 4-1 win over Woodford United at the weekend. They host Bugbrooke in the UCL Knockout Cup tonight
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There is a busy night of ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Knockout Cup action ahead this evening (Tuesday).

And the tie of the first round is at the Dog & Duck where AFC Rushden & Diamonds take on Premier Division leaders Huntingdon Town, who are the only side to have beaten Mark Starmer’s men so far this season.

The other first-round matches see Wellingborough Town travel to Division One side Buckingham Town while Stewarts & Lloyds host Premier Division rivals Cogenhoe.

There is a local derby at Alfred Street where Irchester United take on in-form Rushden & Higham and Rothwell Corinthians entertain Bugbrooke.

It will be the second game in charge for new Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow, who enjoyed a winning start at the weekend as his team beat Woodford United 4-1 to seal their first points of the season in Division One.

The game came just hours after Sparrow was appointed and he is looking forward to the task at hand.

“I sincerely look forward to the challenge of managing Corinthians and after seeing the team in action I believe that with a few additions to the squad we can look to get away from our current position at the base of the table,” he said.

“There is a long way to go in the season which gives us time to get the balance right in order to safeguard our standing in the league.

“It is a pleasure to be joining a long established and well run club and I would like all to know that the club’s best interest will be at the heart of every decision that myself and my management team make as we look to improve the results.”

Desborough Town are in preliminary round action as they travel to Premier Division rivals Newport Pagnell while Raunds Town, unbeaten in Division One so far this season, travel to Harborough Town, who currently sit at the foot of the top flight.

And there is a local derby at Latimer Park tomorrow (Wednesday) as Division One rivals Burton Park Wanderers and Thrapston Town do battle in a preliminary round clash.