Things progressing nicely for Wanderers’ Simpson

Whitworth, beaten 3-1 at Northampton Spencer in the FA Vase last weekend, entertain St Neots Town Youth & Saints in the league on Saturday

Whitworth, beaten 3-1 at Northampton Spencer in the FA Vase last weekend, entertain St Neots Town Youth & Saints in the league on Saturday

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Burton Park Wanderers boss Jimmy Simpson says that he has now “got the squad I want” at Latimer Park.

Simpson took over at the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One outfit after Joe Smyth departed from the manager’s chair and endured a tough start to the campaign.

But the results, the latest of which was a penalty shoot-out defeat of Buckingham Athletic in the FA Vase on Tuesday that has been rewarded with a trip to Kings Langley in the second qualifying round, have improved of late and Simpson is happy with his lot.

He said: “When I came in I said it would take a couple of months to get things right.

“We’re looking to push on in the league and keep improving.

“I’ve now got the squad I want and I think we’re capable of moving up the table.

Next up for Wanderers is a trip to Kingsthorpe Mill to face Northampton Spencer but Simpson says his focus has been on his own side’s affairs.

He added: “I’ve been concentrating 100 per cent on my own team and if we play as we can, we are capable of beating anybody.”

Elsewhere this weekend, Raunds, Stewarts & Lloyds and Whitworth are at home to St Neots Town Youth & Saints, Bugbrooke St Michaels and ON Chenecks respectively.

On the road are Thrapston, who go to Woodford, Rothwell Corinthians who visit Peterborough Sports, Rushden & Higham who travel to leaders Lutterworth Athletic and Irchester who make the trip to Blackstones.

In the Premier Division, Desborough will seek a third straight win as they travel to Eynesbury.

Ar Tarn beat both Boston Town and Oadby by a similar 2-1 scoreline over the past week and boss Ian Walker is pleased with his side’s form.

He said: “We’re now up to fifth in the league which is a nice position to find ourselves in and we’re in good form for the three important away games we’ve got coming up in the next couple of weeks.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Wellingborough Town make the trip to Buckinghamshire to face Newport Pagnell.