Bradshaw won’t make many changes at Desborough

Shaun Sparrow takes his Rothwell Corinthians team to Wisbech Town in the UCL Premier Division tomorrow
Shaun Sparrow takes his Rothwell Corinthians team to Wisbech Town in the UCL Premier Division tomorrow

Chris Bradshaw believes he has the nucleus of a good team at Desborough Town.

Bradshaw has been interim manager at the Waterworks Field since Ian Walker resigned last month.

He is expected to be given the job before the UCL Premier Division home clash with Sleaford Town tomorrow (Saturday).

And should that happen, Bradshaw says there won’t be massive changes at Ar Tarn.

He said: “Ian has brought in some good lads and most of the team we need is here already.

“We just need to be more consistent. We can beat anyone in this league.

“But we can also get beaten by anyone and that’s what we need to resolve.

Bradshaw took plenty of positives from last week’s 1-0 defeat at home to Deeping Rangers.

He said: “We matched Deeping last week and that’s pleasing because they will be around the top six this season.

“But I want to be beating teams and against Deeping, their goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make in the second half, even though we were the better side.”

Sleaford are currently eighth in the table after Northampton Spencer trounced them 6-4 last week.

And Bradshaw added: “If we play well, we are more than capable of beating them.”

Rothwell Corinthians go in search of another upset at Wisbech Town this weekend.

Last Saturday’s 1-0 win over UCL Premier Division high-fliers Yaxley shocked most pundits and was achieved without skipper Ben Johnson.

He returns for thie trip to Wisbech and boss Shaun Sparrow said: “We are underdogs again, but we are getting used to that!

“Not many people had us beating Yaxley on their accumulator last week.

“I read 15 predictions of the game and only one picked us to win.

“But we took some confidence from the Leicester Nirvana game in midweek (a 3-1 loss) and showed a lot of discipline against Yaxley.

“It wasn’t the sort of performance people expect from us, but it shows we are learning from our mistakes. I was very proud of my players.

“This is a tough league, but I think we’ve shown we can compete.”

The success over Yaxley – secured by Ryan Goodband’s first-half strike – lifted Rothwell up to 14th in the table, seven points above the relegation zone.

Sparrow added: “I won’t feel we are comfortable until the season’s over and we know we are safe.”

Wellingborough Town boss Dave Williams is looking to bring a couple of players in before second-placed Kirby Muxloe visit the Dog & Duck tomorrow.

The struggling Doughboys have been hit by an injury crisis and Williams reckons he will be without “eight or nine” members of his first-team squad this weekend.

Williams said: “We have so many injuries, the club physio is working over time at the moment.

“It’s really tough. It’s a bit of a disaster.

“We’re looking to bring in a couple of new players before Saturday and we also have a few lads coming up from the under-21s to boost the squad.

“We just have to get through the next couple of weeks without picking up any more injuries.”

The Doughboys go into Saturday’s game having suffered back-to-back defeats as a 1-0 loss to bottom side Huntingdon Town was followed by a 5-0 hammering at Holbeach United last weekend.