Walker unsure of what to expect from Brixworth

Burton Park Wanderers were beaten 5-0 by ON Chenecks last weekend and will need to improve dramatically for the visit of Harrowby
Burton Park Wanderers were beaten 5-0 by ON Chenecks last weekend and will need to improve dramatically for the visit of Harrowby
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Thrapston boss Ian Walker has admitted that the NFA Junior Cup quarter-final clash with Brixworth All Saints is a step into the unknown.

The UCL Division One outfit make the trip to St David’s Playing Fields this weekend with a spot in the last four up for grabs.

Brixworth are lying sixth in the Northants Combination top flight - a step below Thrapston’s level - but Walker isn’t reading too much into that.

He said: We’ve played a few Combination sides and it’ll be a tough game for us.

“We don’t know a great deal about them, they’re doing quite well in their league, and we don’t really know what to expect.

“We’ve struggled a bit of late but it’s a quarter-final, a big game for the whole club and if we apply oursleves properly then we’ve got a good chance.

“They’ll be up for it anbd they’re at home so we’ll see how we go.”

Also in cup action are Rushden & Higham who make the trip to Bugbrooke St Michaels and Rothwell Corinthians who have a tricky test awaiting in the form of the visiting Division One leaders Sileby Rangers.

In Division One, Burton Park Wanderers will attempt to end a disastrous run of form when they entertain Harrowby at Latimer Park.

Burton have lost their past two outings 5-0 to ON Chenecks and 8-0 to Eynesbury and the fifth placed visitors will be looking to add to their misery.

Elsewhere, AFC Rushden & Diamonds face the Chenecks and Whitworth host Bourne.

Irchester will attempt to claim their first Premier Division win in 17 attempts when they host S&L Corby at Alfred Street.

Wellingborough Town, fresh from a 3-0 win over Peterborough Northern Star - new manager Craig Adams’ first victory - are on the road at Sleaford while Desborough make their second trip to St Ives in a week as they look to make amends for their 4-1 reverse in the League Cup on Tuesday night.