Walker wants league focus after Thrapston’s Vase heroics

Thrapston Town boss Ian Walker

Thrapston Town boss Ian Walker

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Ian Walker has urged his Thrapston Town players to focus on their United Counties League Division One campaign after their FA Vase heroics last weekend.

Thrapston booked a place in the first round proper of the Vase – the furthest they have ever been in the competition – with a fine 3-1 victory over CB Hounslow United at Chancery Lane last Saturday.

In Monday’s draw, they were handed another home tie against Leverstock Green, which will be played on Saturday, October 22.

But before then Thrapston have five league matches to play with the next three being away from home, starting at struggling Woodford United this weekend.

Walker’s team currently sit in 10th place and while he was understandably delighted with his players’ efforts in the Vase, he now wants to see them push up the table.

“It was a fantastic day for us,” the manager said.

“They were a good footballing side and we had to dig in at times but we were excellent and we did a really professional job.

“It won’t be easy in the next round because we are playing a team from a higher level but there is a lot of excitement and we will look forward to it.

“However, we have five league games before that and it is important we concentrate on those, starting at Woodford.

“We have three away matches in a row now and I want us to stay in touch with the teams above us.”

High-fliers Whitworth and Raunds Town are both on the road this weekend with the third-placed Flourmen heading to Melton Town while the fourth-placed Shopmates travel to Buckingham Town.

Rushden & Higham United also have an away-day at Bourne Town while there is a local derby at Alfred Street where Irchester United entertain bottom side Burton Park Wanderers.

Stewarts & Lloyds have a break from the league action as they head to Daventry Town in the first round of the NFA Junior Cup.