Thrapston’s Walker anticipating a ‘terrific’ contest

AFC Rushden & Diamonds beat Bourne 2-1 (above) last weekend and followed it up with a 1-0 defeat of Sileby Rangers on Tuesday
AFC Rushden & Diamonds beat Bourne 2-1 (above) last weekend and followed it up with a 1-0 defeat of Sileby Rangers on Tuesday
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Ian Walker says his Thrapston side can’t wait to face AFC Rushden & Diamonds this weekend.

Mark Starmer’s men travel to Chancery Lane in the middle of an eight-game winning streak which has seen them concede just a solitary goal.

Their latest success was a 1-0 win at UCL Division One leaders Sileby Rangers in midweek, a result that moves them to within four points of the summit.

Walker watched his side draw 4-4 with ON Chenecks in their Tuesday skirmish and he is looking forward to Saturday afternoon.

He said: “It should be a terrific game, they got an excellent result at Sileby and nobody will expect us to get anything.

“That means we’ve got nothing to lose, fingers crossed there will be a decent crowd and a good atmosphere and we’ll get stuck in.”

And Walker is hoping to have a full squad to select from, adding: “Fingers crossed they’ll all be alright. There were a couple of knocks on Tuesday so we’ll have a roll call but they all want to play.”

Elsewhere in the second tier, Whitworth face Rothwell Corinthians for the second time in as many weekends and will look to make amends for the 1-0 defeat they suffered on home turf a week ago.

Rushden & Higham are at Hayden Road with Northampton Spencer the visitors and Burton Park Wanderers entertain Raunds.

In the Premier Division, Daren Young is certain that S&L Corby will escape the relegation battle as they prepare to face Wellingborough Town.

A 1-1 draw with leaders Holbeach on Tuesday provided the latest evidence to back up Young’s assertion and he wants more of the same against the in-form Doughboys.

He said: “We showed great character and determination to get a point against Holbeach, we fought all the way to the whistle, and it’s my opinion that we’ll comfortably get out of the position that we’re in.”

Desborough, who have lost their past two outings to Huntongdon and Holbeach respectively, will aim to return to winning ways as they travel to AFC Kempston Rovers.

And Irchester have an unenviable task ahead as they visit second-placed St Ives.