Corinthians boss Sparrow wants to follow up best win of the season so far

Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow has called for his record breakers to build on their best win of the season.

Friday, 22nd January 2016, 9:30 am
Andy White is mobbed by his Rothwell Corinthians team-mates after scoring his and his team's second goal in last weekend's superb 2-1 win at Holbeach United. Picture by Tim Wilson

Last week’s 2-1 win at Holbeach United has taken Corinthians to 24 points, their highest points haul in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division, eclipsing the 22 they picked up in 2009-2010.

Corinthians now face a spell of three successive home games, starting with the visit of Eynesbury Rovers tomorrow (Saturday).

And Sparrow said: “We need to turn the win at Holbeach into a run of results.

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“The league is so tight, if we put a run together we can catch a few teams.

“It was a helluva result at Holbeach, but the job isn’t done yet. We need to kick on.”

The win at Holbeach put a smile on Sparrow’s face after a difficult few days.

The Sergeants Lawn boss underwent emergency surgery on his back that meant he couldn’t be on the touchline at Carters Park.

And he said: “When I heard the result it was the first time I had smiled for a few days.

“It shows we really are capable of beating anyone in this league and that I’m not just talking gibberish every week!

“From what I’m told, it was a deserved three points as well. It wasn’t a smash-and-grab raid.”

Andy White was the two-goal hero for Corinthians on his return to the side from a horrific injury.

He suffered a fractured skull during the match with Northampton Spencer in April and Sparrow said: “We were wondering if Andy was going to play again.

“But he has changed his thinking, decided to give it a go – and what a comeback!

“He’s an exceptional talent and it’s great to see him back out there doing what he does best.”

Corinthians also handed a debut to Will Arnold at Holbeach after he completed a move from Desborough Town.

Sparrow added: “He’s a player I’ve known for a while.

“He has played for me before and he knows a few of the players because he played a pre-season game for us when he was thinking about what he was going to do.

“Will is great with the ball at his feet, he works hard and exudes a confidence that rubs off on the players around him.”

Desborough Town boss Chris Bradshaw looks set to give youth a chance.

The departures of Ben Sunderland and Will Arnold to Thrapston and Rothwell Corinthians respectively last week has opened the door for the club’s under-21s to make their mark in the first team.

Dan Wright made his debut as a second-half substitute in last week’s last-gasp defeat at Cogenhoe United and could be in the starting line-up when Ar Tarn welcome bottom side Huntingdon Town to the Waterworks Field tomorrow.

Bradshaw said: “Dan played for the last 25 to 30 minutes and he looked the business.

“John Gregory is doing a fantastic job with the under-21s and he’s been knocking on my door saying he has lads who deserve a chance.

“There are other players on the brink as well who could go on to establish themselves.”

John Dean picked up a back strain during the warm-up last weekend and he is now doubtful for a fixture that Bradshaw described as “a banana skin.”

Huntingdon have lost 26 of their 28 games and Bradshaw said: “Everyone outside Huntingdon expects us to win and if we go out there thinking that we will come unstuck.

“Good teams react well to a defeat and I want us to show we are a good team tomorrow.”

Wellingborough Town manager Jon Mitchell wants his side to seize their chance to pull away from the Premier Division drop-zone.

Last week’s 1-1 draw at Peterborough Northern Star put the Doughboys two points clear of the relegation places.

And three of their next four games are at home, starting with the visit of Northampton Spencer tomorrow.

The Doughboys welcome back Will Miziumbiri after he missed last weekend’s draw through suspension.

Mitchell said: “We’ve got a few home games coming up and this is our chance to pick up points and start to pull away from Huntingdon and Sileby.

“We have to build on last week’s performance.”

Mitchell praised substitute Joshua Olowoyo after he set up Ben Baines’ equaliser at Northern Star.

The Doughboys boss added: “It looks like we are starting to gel.

“We created a lot of chances at Northern Star, more than we’ve created in any other game this season, and it looks like everything we’ve been working on in training is starting to come together.”