Corinthians’ boss Sparrow hoping for more positive signs

Rothwell Corinthians celebrate a goal from their 4-1 defeat of Woodford United last month. The two sides mett agin this weekend
Rothwell Corinthians celebrate a goal from their 4-1 defeat of Woodford United last month. The two sides mett agin this weekend
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Rothwell Corinthians have been on the up in recent weeks and Shaun Sparrow intends to keep it that way.

Corinths’ good form continued in midweek as they spectacularly ended Harrowby’s unbeaten record with a 6-2 victory in UCL Divisin One and they have now gone five games without tasting defeat.

And their manager Sparrow, who takes his side to bottom of the table Woodford United this weekend, wants the bar to be raised yet again.

He said: “I feel as if we’ve really turned a corner and we have to maintain that against whoever we’re playing.

“We fully deserved to win (against Harrowby) and we’ll be favourites, probably for the first time this season, at Woodford.

“We’re very high on confidence and we don’t want to let that slip so we’ll need to work just as hard.

“I think it’s a must-win game for us and if we play like we have been doing then I expect us to win the game.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Thrpaston are at home to Eynesbury and Irchester travel to Olney.

The Premier Division sees Wellingborough Town face S&L Corby for the second time in 12 days, this time at the Dog & Duck.

S&L claimed a 2-1 win at Occupation Road last week and Doughboys boss Craig Adams is looking to make amends.

He said: “We’re still smarting a bit from what they did to us the other week.

“We were disappointed with how we played over there and I’m glad that the chance to play them again has come around so quickly.”

Both Desborough and AFC Rushden & Diamonds are in league action with the former hosting Cogenhoe and the latter on the road at Wisbech.

There are a number of NFA Junior Cup second round ties featuring this area’s teams with Burton Park Wanderers’ trip to Welford Victoria the pick.

The UCL side should progress at the expense of the Combination Premier Division outfit but boss Joe Smyth is well awre of what could happen.

“We’ll be going there as the UCL side and will be expected to win.

“I’ve had a couple of bad experiences in this competition, losing to Kislingbury when I was at Whitworth and to a Peterborough side when I managed Thrapston.

“So we certainly won’t be taking them lightly and it’s an absolute banana skin for us.”

Other second round ties include AFC Rushden & Diamonds U-21s hosting Peterborough Northern Star Reserves, Raunds facing Cogenhoe Reserves, Rushden & Higham entertaining Corby DGL Locomotives and Whitworth travelling to Silverstone.