Safe Corinthians can enjoy the rest of the season

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe
Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe
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Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow says his relegation fears are over.

Three away wins in the space of five days over Easter have put Corinthians 13 points clear of the bottom two with nine games remaining.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

“We were in a real battle,” said the Seargents Lawn boss. “But nine points in five days has changed things.

“We are almost safe now. We are almost there. We can play with some freedom now. We can go out there and have a crack.”

Sparrow admits maximum points from the matches at Harrowby, Cogenhoe and Desborough was more than he had hoped for.

He said: “I was hoping for four points and whatever level you play at, to win three 
games away from home in five days and keep clean three clean sheets is a good achievement.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

“They were three very different games as well.

“We had to really battle at Harrowby, we stuck to a game plan at Cogenhoe and against Desborough, we told the players: ‘It’s a local derby, go out and have a crack at them’.

“There was 100 per cent commitment from everyone. They were real team efforts. The players have really stepped up when they had to.”

Corinthians face a pair of in-form teams in the next few days.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

On Saturday, they head to Eynesbury Rovers, who last weekend handed AFC Kempston Rovers their first defeat of the season.

That’s followed by a local derby against Harborough Town at Seargents Lawn on Saturday.

Harborough, 2-1 winners when they sides met at Bowdens Park earlier this season, head into this weekend’s match at Wisbech unbeaten in seven games.

Sparrow said: “I think we are just about safe now and I want us to push on and see how far we can go.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' 1-0 win over Cogenhoe

Wellingborough Town assistant boss Stuart Goosey insists his side have no fear of leaders Leicester Nirvana.

The Doughboys picked up draws at Kirby Muxloe and Cogenhoe over Easter and that’s boosted confidence going into Saturday’s clash against the table toppers at the Dog & Duck.

With Wes Emery back from injury, Town expect to be at full strength for the match and Goosey said: “Nirvana don’t worry us one bit.

“They are obviously top of the table for a reason, but Kempston are up there with them and we felt we should have won there a few weeks ago.

“We are a decent side – and we are starting to show it now.

“We have taken a lot of positives from our last two games.

“We’ve just played two good teams and we could very easily have come away with six points.”

The Doughboys needed a last-gasp equaliser from Justin Dowling to snatch a point at Cogenhoe that leaves them three points clear of the bottom two.

The likelihood is that only the bottom club, certain to be Huntingdon Town, will be relegated this season.

Goosey said: “We’ve shown over the last few weeks that we are good enough to stay up. It’s just that when you are near the bottom of the table, things go against you sometimes.”

Desborough Town look to put a wretched Easter behind them when they head to Sleaford Town on Saturday.

Three straight defeats without scoring a goal have dented Ar Tarn’s hopes of a top-10 finish and left boss Chris Bradshaw feeling deflated.

Bradshaw describes his side’s dip in form as “a blip” and is calling for more from his creative players in the closing games of the season.

The Waterworks Field boss said: “We may have blown our chance to finish in the top 10, but I don’t want our season to just peter out.

“We have five games left and a good team could take something from every one of these games.

“I believe we are a good side. We just have to start creating chances again.

“We looked tired in the second half against Harborough and they outplayed us.

“But I really don’t know how we lost to Rothwell. We had 95 per cent of the possession, but didn’t do anything with it.

“We just didn’t do enough in and around their goal. We have players who can create chances and they need to pull their finger out and start creating chances.

“I was hoping to get six points from the games with Harborough and Rothwell and to come away with nothing is deflating.”