Lucky number six for Junior Cup tie

Burton Park Wanderers manager Joe Smyth.
Burton Park Wanderers manager Joe Smyth.

At the sixth time of asking, the NFA Junior Cup quarter-final between Burton Park Wanderers and Stanion Redstar will take place this weekend.

It was due to be played last weekend on the artificial surface at the Buccleuch Academy but a disagreement over the surface led to another postponement.

But the NFA have ruled that the tie must be played this weekend so it will back to Buccleuch to decide who will meet ON Chenecks in the semi-final at Billing Road.

And Burton boss Joe Smyth is glad that such a drawn out saga will come to a close.

He said: “Our pitch is in a shocking state and Stanion’s isn’t much better so we’ve not got much choice.

“We haven’t got any problems with the 3G surface – international games have been played on it – and it should make for a good, fast game.”

Burton will go into the tie as favourites due to the higher level they ply their trade in but Smyth is appreciative of the Combination’s strength.

He added: “The ability in that league has been proved by the fact Brixworth (who beat Peterborough Northern Star Reserves) are already through to the final.

“It’ll be a tough game, they’ve got some good players and will be expecting to win.”

In Division One this weekend, Irchester travel to Potton, Raunds visit Woodford and Whitworth make the journey to Peterborough Sports.

The final fixture of the weekend sees Thrapston host Rushden & Higham.

Craig Adams still has his sights set on a top-six finish for Wellingborough Town in the Premier Division.

With 13 games remaining in their Premier Division schedule, the Doughboys are sitting nine points behind Yaxley who currently have possession of sixth spot.

The chasers do have the luxury of three games in hand, however, and they start their pursuit this weekend with a trip to bottom of the table Harborough Town.

Adams said: “We’ve still got plenty to play for this season and I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to finish in the top six.

“We’ll approach every game in the same way whether that is Harborough or Spalding and that is to try to take all three points.”

Elsewhere, AFC Rushden & Diamonds host fellow high-fliers Deeping Rangers, Desborough entertain Newport Pagnell and S&L Corby head to Boston Town.