Corinthians boss Sparrow hoping Mills’ injury isn’t a career-ender

Desborough Town manager Ian Walker
Desborough Town manager Ian Walker

Rothwell Corinthians will be without Eddie Mills for the rest of the season after he broke a leg during last week’s FA Vase win over Bedford FC.

The 30-year-old winger was stretchered off after what boss Shaun Sparrow described as “a 50-50 challenge that went horribly wrong.”

The Sergeants Lawn manager added: “I would be amazed if Eddie played again this season and we just hope it’s not the end of his career.

“It was one of the worst injuries I’ve seen on a football pitch.

“We had the option of calling the match off, but Eddie said as he was being put into the ambulance: ‘Make sure you win’ and that made the decision for us.”

Corinthians won the game through a Chris Clarke strike in the dying moments and that sets up a home clash with Tring Athletic in the next round.

This weekend, Corinthians return to ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division action when they head to Peterborough Northern Star with confidence boosted by the win over Bedford.

Sparrow said: “We were able to win a game at less than our best and that’s good to know, that gives us confidence.

“When we get everyone playing to their capabilities, I’m sure we will be fine.”

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker is hoping for a change of luck when his side welcome Northampton Spencer to the Waterworks Field tomorrow (Saturday).

Ar Tarn last week bowed out of the FA Vase after an extra time loss at Hanworth Villa and Walker said: “We definitely deserved a replay.

“We were three minutes away from getting a draw with a side who are unbeaten this season, but that’s the way it seems to be going at the moment.

“We are playing okay, but aren’t getting the rub of the green.”

Ar Tarn have won three of their four home games in the Premier Division this season and Walker expects to have defender Aaron Davies available on Saturday after he was injured at Hanworth.

Spencer were Division One champions last season and Walker, whose side also head to Sileby Rangers on Tuesday night, said: “We know they are a good, well-organised side and we will have to be at our best to beat them.”

Wellingborough Town boss Jamie Wright has revealed Dan Burke has left the Dog & Duck but goal ace Jake Newman is staying.

Wright hoped to build his side around Burke after snapping him up from Bedford Town during the summer.

Burke skippered the Eagles last season but was injured on holiday and, because of work commitments, he’s left the area.

Wright admits losing him is “a blow,” but was delighted this week when Newman decided to stay with the Doughboys.

Newman was the five-goal hero of last week’s 7-2 win at Holmer Green in the FA Vase – taking his haul for the season to 15 in all competitions – and that’s attracted interest from other clubs.

Wright revealed another UCL Premier Division club made an approach this week but Newman has decided to stay.

The Doughboys boss said: “We’re glad Jake has been loyal to us.

“I don’t think he will join another club at our level, but he might give it a shot if a team from a higher league comes in for him.”

Newman’s form in front of goal has been one of the few highlights for Wellingborough in a difficult start to the season.

They head into Tuesday night’s home fixture with AFC Kempston Rovers having taking just three points from their opening six games.

Wright said: “We are a young team and it’s going to take a while, but I think we are heading in the right direction now.

“The lads are working hard and that consistency we are looking for will come.”