A fairly remarkable event takes place at Thrapston Town this evening, namely the club’s first home league game of the season.
Despite the United Counties League campaign being two months old - the first games were played on August 18 - Ian Walker’s side, for one reason or another, are yet to stage a Division One fixture at their Chancery Lane home
But that changes tonight (Friday) as, on the back of two straight victories, they welcome fifth-place Whitworth for what Walker thinks will be a decent contest.
He said: “It’s our first league game at home which is a bit strange so I’ve got no idea whether home advantage will come into it!” he said.
“They (Whitworth) have had a good start but we’re playing well and this has all the makings of a very good game.”
For the visitors, joint-manager Steve Sargent is of the same opinion as his counterpart and is expecting a lively encounter.
“We certainly won’t be taking Thrapston lightly, they’re a good side who have had to rebuild after coming down.
“But these games, and the same goes for when we play the likes of Raunds and Burton Park, have a good atmosphere and this should be the same.”
Elsewhere in the division, Rushden & Higham entertain Raunds at Hayden Road and Rothwell Corinthians play host to Olney Town at Seargents Lawn.
In the top flight, Irchester will aim to end a six-match losing streak when they host Long Buckby at Alfred Street.
Boss Colin Ridgway said: “We’re getting better all the time and a few players are starting to come back from injury.
“They (Long Buckby) have had a change of manager and have got a few new players but I’m not worried about them, it’s what we can do that I’m concerned with.”
Desborough are out to make amends for last month’s 2-1 defeat when they travel to Yaxley and Wellingborough Town visit a Cogenhoe outfit who have lost five of their last six league games.