Holders aiming for a Junior Cup repeat

Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann
Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann
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Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann says that his side won’t give up their NFA Junior Cup title easily.

The Lankies host Northants Combination outfit Stanion Redstar at Hayden Road in the third round as they seek to make further progress in the competition they won last season.

A 2-0 defeat of Cogenhoe Reserves at Sixfields put the icing on a successful campaign last time out and Mann wants to use that experience as motivation.

He said: “The lads know what a great night it is if you can win the final and we definitely want more of the same.

“We do put a lot of emphasis on this competition and we know that we are capable of competing with any of the sides who are left in it.

“For some reason we can’t win a game in any of the FA competitions but we’ve done well in this one.”

Elsewhere in the third round, Burton Park Wanderers are on the road at Northampton Town League outfit Delapre Old Boys while S&L Corby Reserves host Peterborough Sports.

In the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division, Desborough Town caretaker boss Richard Scott says that his players will go into Saturday’s game at Wisbech in good spirits after their 1-0 defeat of S&L Corby on Tuesday.

The victory, achieved courtesy of a Michael Byrne strike against the side managed by his brother Kevin, followed a 3-0 reverse at Blaby and Whetstone in the FA Vase at the weekend and Scott was pleased with what he saw.

He said: “It was a good win and a good performance.

“We’ve had a bit of a dip in form and it was important that we got that win and it should give us a boost.

“It will be a hard game at Wisbech and they’ve got some good players.

“But all I can ask is that the lads give 100 per cent on the field and hopefully we’ll have enough quality to get something from the game.”

The weekend’s other top flight fixtures see Wellingborough Town play host to Deeping, S&L Corby go to third place Cogenhoe and AFC Rushden & Diamonds travelling to Sleaford.

In Division One of the UCL, Irchester host Whitworth tomorrow night (Friday), Rothwell Corinthians make the trip to Potton and Thrapston entertain Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Raunds, who were beaten 3-2 at ON Chenecks in midweek, are without a fixture this weekend.