Northern Star first up for new Ar Tarn boss Walker

Ian Walker is the new boss at Desborough Town
Ian Walker is the new boss at Desborough Town

Ian Walker takes charge of Desborough Town for the first time when Peterborough Northern Star visit the S6 Stadium.

The former Thrapston manager replaces Steve Walker in the Ar Tarn dugout, following a brief caretaker stint by Richard Scott, and he inherits a team who have had an indifferent time of it this season and who currently occupy 12th place in the table.

Speaking about his new role, Walker said: “In the short term it’s about getting some stability as quickly as possible and then seeing how far we can go.

“I’ve met with the players and I’ve got a good group to work with.

“Like any manager, there will be challenges to deal with but that’s part of the job and I want to make Desborough successful.”

This weekend’s encounter, understandably so for a new boss, is viewed as crucial for a benchmark to be set and Walker is out for a positive start.

He said: “I know a bit about them and it will be a tough challenge but it’s one that we’re all looking forward to.”

Elsewhere in the division, S&L Corby’s – beaten 1-0 by Harborough Town in midweek – bid to move away from the wrong end of the table continues as they welcome Yaxley to Occupation Road.

Wellingborough Town, who were unable to halt Spalding’s charge at the top of the table last weekend as they went down to a narrow 1-0 loss, are again on the road with their travels taking them to Holbeach.

In Division One, Rothwell Corinthians will be out to make it three wins from three against Bugbrooke St Michaels when they travel to Birds Close this weekend.

Corinthians won 2-0 in the League Cup in the middle of October and 4-2 in the league at the start of November and manager Shaun Sparrow sees no reason why they can’t down the Badgers again.

He said: “Both the previous games were close but we know that we’ve got the beating of them.

“We know they’ve signed a couple of new players and will be harder to beat but we’re definitely looking for the three points.”

Other fixtures in the division see Burton Park Wanderers host Lutterworth Athletic, Irchester at home to Olney, Thrapston travelling to Northampton Spencer, Rushden & Higham on the road at Blackstones and Whitworth entertaining Raunds.