Owen takes over at Redwell Road

Sam Owen is the new captain at Wellingborough Town
Sam Owen is the new captain at Wellingborough Town
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Wellingborough Town go into their NCL Premier Division campaign with a new man at the helm.

Due to family commitments, Ed Turnham has stood down and he has been replaced by off-spinner Sam Owen whose first game in charge is at Horton House.

The Redwell Road outfit had a solid year back in the top flight last time out and Owen wants to see an improvement this year.

He said: “We’re hoping to go one better and that means finishing in mid-table.

“I thought that last year we did quite well but could’ve done better and that is the aim.”

Wellingborough, who will have County man Christian Davis available for the opener, have recruited James McDermott, Darren Trotter, Drew Brierley and Zimbabwean Kyle Bowie.

There is an intriguing contest in prospect at Avenue Road where Finedon Dolben entertain new boys Oundle.

Andy Daniels’ men finished third last year, the first time they have finished outside the top two since 2005, and the captain isn’t expecting that to occur again.

He said: “We’re definitely looking forward to getting started and come the end of the season we intend to be in there competing at the top which wasn’t the case last year.”

Former County batsman Ben Howgego will make his debut for Finedon.

For the visitors, South African Petrus Jefta has returned and they have also signed Harry Ramsden and Bashrat Hussain.

Andy Reynoldson has taken over as Rushton captain and he leads the side for the first time at defending champions Peterborough.

Dan Bendon has made the move to Station Road from Finedon and Marcus Steed returns to the club after a stint at Desborough.

Elsewhere, Burton Latimer have a tricky opening to their season as they travel to Northampton Saints amd Wollaston, who will include County seamer Olly Stone in their line-up, make the trip to Campbell Park to face Stony Stratford.