Another great escape on the agenda for returning Doughboys boss Adams

Craig Adams takes charge of his first league game back at the helm at Wellingborough Town this weekend
Craig Adams takes charge of his first league game back at the helm at Wellingborough Town this weekend

Craig Adams is planning another ‘Great Escape’ at Wellingborough Town.

The 40-year-old this week started his second spell as Doughboys boss after Jamie Wright resigned following the 2-1 defeat at Boston Town.

That result left them with only three points from their opening eight games in the UCL Premier Division going into tomorrow’s (Saturday) game at Yaxley.

For Adams, who quit as assistant-manager at Rugby Town last week, the problem is a familiar one.

Three seasons ago, he rescued the Doughboys from the drop and lifted them into the top six the following season before leaving for Bedford Town.

He said: “I’ve been here before when nobody gave us a chance and it feels like that again.

“We were eight points adrift when we arrived with 20 games gone and we ended up 15th.

“The Telegraph called it ‘The Great Escape’ and players from that team still text me about it now.

“We’re going to work hard to turn things around again.

“I demand a lot in terms of commitment and energy.

“I want everyone working together as a unit. I’m told this is a tight group and we want that togetherness.

“It’s up to the players have to show me they aren’t as bad as the table suggests.

“There won’t be big changes, but one or two players will be coming in.”

Adams, meanwhile, doesn’t expect to keep top scorer Jake Newman.

He said: “We had five approaches over the weekend for Jake and with that amount of interest in him, I don’t expect to hold on to him.

“Jake would be a big loss, but I won’t stand in his way if he wants to play at a higher level.

“I would be surprised if Jake doesn’t go - but very pleased as well.”

Rothwell Corinthians go into tomorrow’s match with Harrowby United at Sergeants Lawn shaken up by the horror injury that led to their midweek game being abandoned.

Tuesday night’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup first-round match against Peterborough Northern Star was brought to a halt after 15 minutes after defender Jamie Love was hurt.

He was stretchered off and underwent a CT scan at Kettering General Hospital after banging his head on railings behind the goal.

Boss Shaun Sparrow says the injury to Love “really shook us all up”.

“Jamie is a strong lad who usually picks himself up, shakes his head and carries on,” Sparrow said.

“But it was obvious straight away there was a real problem.

“It really was sickening and puts everything else into perspective.”

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker insists his players “won’t need any motivating” for the match with Kirby Muxloe at the Waterworks Field tomorrow.

Earlier this season, Ar Tarn were thumped 8-0 at Kirby, who are currently third in the table having dropped only two points in their opening seven games.

Walker said: “We want to turn the tables on Kirby and this is probably the right time for us to be playing them.

“I can see confidence coming back into the side and we are looking hard to beat.”

Ar Tarn, who go straight into a home clash with local rivals Harborough Town next Tuesday night, made progress in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup in midweek with a penalty shoot-out win over Wellingborough Town.

Jake Bettles struck to send the match into extra-time after the Doughboys had taken a second-half lead through Mark Pryor before also missing a penalty.

There were no further goals and Ar Tarn booked their place in the next stage by winning the resulting shoot-out 4-2.

Chris Jones, on his home debut after joining from Weldon, saved a spot-kick.

And Walker said: “He looks a good signing.

“Chris made three saves in the first 20 minutes to keep us in the game.”