Tough task ahead for Corinthians caretakers

Wellingborough Town manager Phil Mason
Wellingborough Town manager Phil Mason
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Gary Nichols and Lee Ainsworth take their Rothwell Corinthians’ side into theis weekend’s UCL Division One clash with Sileby Rangers looking to build on the 2-0 defeat of Olney last time out.

The Reserve team bosses, who have been in charge since Matty Clarke resigned, saw their midweek clash with Potton postponed but Nichols is in confident mood.

He said: “We beat Sileby in the Knockout Cup recently but they are a good side and we know we are in for a tough game on Saturday.

“But last weekend was very pleasing. It was disappointing not to have the chance to follow that up on Tuesday night.

“But we can now prepare for Saturday and we will be ready for it.”

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will have new signings Matthew Gearing and Lance Allen available as they host Harrowby at the Dog & Duck.

After a blip in form, Mark Starmer’s side will look to build on their midweek 3-0 defeat of local rivals Raunds.

The Shopmates are at home to Northampton Spencer, Thrpaston welcome Rushden & Higham, Whitworth travel to basement side Buckingham and Burton Park Wanderers visit ON Chenecks.

In the Premier Division, Wellingborough Town biss Phil Mason hopes that the Knockout Cup defeat of AFC Rushden & Diamonds last weekend will ignite their season.

The Doughboys have only won two of their 16 league outings and have a difficult trip to second-place Holbeach to contend with but Mason is optimistic.

He said: “It will be another difficult game for us and the league table just doesn’t lie.

“We know that but the lads got a bit of confidence from the win over the Diamonds.

“We’ll go to Holbeach in a positive frame of mind and try to win the game becuase we won’t get anything by sitting back.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Desborough face Sleaford with a 4-3 Hillier Senior Cup victory over Cogenhoe fresh in their minds, S&L Corby host Deeping and Irchester, without a win since September 22, face Cogenhoe.