Desire will be the key for Desborough's derby clashes
Desborough Town boss Chris Bradshaw says desire will decide his side's back-to-back ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division local derbies over the Easter weekend.
Tonight (Friday), Ar Tarn make the short trip to Harborough Town and on Monday, Rothwell Corinthians visit the Waterworks Field.
Bradshaw said: “In games like this, it comes down to who wants it the most.
“If we work as hard as they do, I’m confident we will pick up six points, but they are two tough, tough games.
“Local derbies always are.”
Earlier this season, Harborough were 4-2 winners at Waterworks Field.
Boss Ian Walker stepped down following the loss and under Bradshaw, Desborough have enjoyed a revival, which has resulted in him now being confirmed as Ar Tarn’s permanant manager.
Only AFC Kempston Rovers (twice) and Newport Pagnell Town have beaten them in their last 10 games.
Kempston left the Waterworks Field with maximum points on Tuesday night after a 2-0 win secured by a pair of first-half strikes.
Bradshaw said: “The disappointing thing is that both times we’ve played Kempston we haven’t really done ourselves justice in the first half.
“I wanted us to be the first team to beat them and now I hope they go and stay unbeaten for the rest of the season.
“Kempston have good players in all departments.
“When they can play football, they do and when they have to knuckle down and do a job, they can do that.
“I said all along that I thought they would win the league and it looks like I’m going to be right.”
Bradshaw revealed he’s put seven days in for a defender currently with a Division One club.
He needs cover because he will be missing both Danny Wells and Mark Redding in the closing weeks of the season.
Wes Emery looks set to miss Wellingborough Town’s Easter fixtures.
He picked up a knock in the 1-1 draw with Deeping Rangers on Tuesday night and that’s set to rule him out of trips to Kirby Muxloe and Cogenhoe United.
Doughboys boss Jon Mitchell accepts they are “two tough fixtures,” but says the result against Deeping was a big confidence boost.
Wellingborough were denied victory by a late equaliser after Joe Rich was sent off for what Mitchell called “a clumsy challenge.”
The manager added: “We have to go to Kirby and Cogenhoe and do what we did against Deeping.
“I asked for more commitment and fight from the players and they gave me that.
“I know what they can do and they showed it on Tuesday night.
“Deeping are always in and around the top six and I definitely would have taken a point before the game.”
Mitchell admits his side “panicked” after Rich was sent off, allowing Deeping to cancel out Alfie Taylor’s opener.
Mitchell says Taylor will play a key role for the rest of the season.
He said: “Alfie will be massive for us. It was a really good finish against Deeping and now he’s scored a couple, he will be full of confidence.”
Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow reckons his side can go on to be a Premier Division force – if they stay up this season.
Corinthians, who claimed an excellent 2-0 success at Harrowby on Wednesday night, face trips to Cogenhoe United and Desborough Town over Easter.
And Sparrow ssays if Corinthians do stay up, they can establish themselves in the top flight.
He said: “We have some fantastic players and it’s taken us a while to learn what’s needed in this division.
“We know how to operate now and if the season started again now, we would finish a lot higher.
“With a couple of tweaks, we could finish in the top half and who knows, maybe kick on from there?”