Ar Tarn boss not sure what to expect

Desborough Town manager Ian Walker
Desborough Town manager Ian Walker

A bit of an unknown is how Desborough Town manager Ian Walker describes this weekend’s Premier Division trip to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Not the opposition as they are well known, or the venue as that has been visited on numerous occasions, but the game itself.

The incessantly inclement weather has played havoc with the fixture list and as such, both teams will go into the weekend’s encounter desperately short of game time.

And that means Walker doesn’t really know what is coming.

He said: “It’s been very frustrating because we’ve been unable to build up any momentum or pattern to our play.

“I was delighted with the way we were playing against Holbeach (they were 2-0 up) when the game was abandoned but it’s ground to a halt since then.

“I hope we’ll be out of the blocks quickly and start brightly but we’ll have to wait and see.”

As for the Diamonds, Walker knows it will be a good test for his charges.

He added: “It will be a fantastic challenge for us, there will be a big crowd there and it’s certainly one to look forward to.”

Stewarts & Lloyds will have the chance to gain revenge for last weekend’s defeat when they host Boston Town at Occupation Road.

In the League Cup, Wellingborough Town travel to Lutterworth Athletic looking to secure a place in the last four.

Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann believes that their Division One home game against Thrapston is one they come out on top in.

He said: “The break has come at a bad time for us as we were playing well before it.

“We were beating Eynesbury at home before that game was abandoned and then we went to Irchester and were awful.

“We’re more than capable of winning games like that but a few of the lads didn’t want to do the hard work and that cost us.

“Thrapston is a game that we can do well in and if we do the horrible bits well then we can win the game.”

The weekend’s other fixtures see Irchester host Northampton Spencer while Rothwell Corinthians entertain Potton. Whitworth are at home to Peterborough Sports, who are now under the charge of former Corby Town boss Chris Plummer.

Burton Park Wanderers, meanwhile, travel to Bourne.