Wellingborough has talent, says joint-boss Smyth

Wellingborough Town joint-bosses Joe Smyth and Steve Herring
Wellingborough Town joint-bosses Joe Smyth and Steve Herring
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Joint-boss Joe Smyth reckons Wellingborough’s got talent!

The front pairing of Alfie Taylor and Jake Newman are both from the town and Smyth says he’s keen to have more local players in the Doughboys line-up.

Smyth, currently preparing his Wellingborough side for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division home clash with Harrowby tomorrow (Saturday), said: “The policy is to get the best local players playing for us.

“There are a lot of good players from the Wellingborough area and we don’t feel that’s been capitalised on in the past.

“They’ve been playing for other Premier Division teams and we want them to be playing for us.

“We’ve got eight or nine Wellingborough-based lads in the squad and we want more.”

A mixed week for AFC Rushden & Diamonds sees them finish with a return to UCL Premier Division action this weekend.

Andy Peaks’ men suffered a surprise exit from the FA Vase when they were beaten 1-0 at Hullbridge Sports last weekend.

But they bounced back quickly by coming from behind to beat next door neighbours Whitworth 2-1 in the UCL Knockout Cup on Tuesday night.

Diamonds will now be hoping to strengthen their grip on top spot in the Premier Division and this weekend looks like a perfect opportunity to do just that as they head to rock-bottom Long Buckby, who have yet to register a league win in 16 attempts.

But Peaks is taking the cautious approach and said: “If I was the Long Buckby manager I would have looked at our result last weekend and been pleased to see that we lost.

“From our point of view, it was great to have the game on Tuesday and, even though we went 1-0 down, the lads came through a test of character and we should have won by a lot more in the end.

“Football is a confidence game and to get back to winning ways at the first attempt was vital for us.

“But it is a massive banana skin for us on Saturday.

“They have nothing to lose and I don’t believe for a second that any team at this level will go through a season without winning a game.

“We need three points to get ourselves up and running in the league again.

“If someone had given me the position we are in now I would have taken it but we have to go there with the right attitude and make sure we win the game.”

Desborough Town’s Premier Division campaign reaches the halfway point when they host Huntingdon Town at the Waterworks Field.

And Ar Tarn head into the clash against a team who are highly fancied to challenge for the title this season.

Last weekend’s 3-0 success at Sileby Rangers was a third league win in a row for Ian Walker’s side.

The Desborough boss said: “It was an excellent day for us.

“We were clinical in front of goal, we held them off when they put pressure on us and it was great to come away with a clean sheet.

“We had a really poor October but the lads have reacted well to what we wanted from them in November.

“We have played more games than anyone else but we have put points on the board and that’s what we must keep trying to do.

“We are in good form and that win last weekend has given us more confidence. But we are well aware of the test we have on Saturday against a very good side.”