Corinthians hope for a big crowd as rivals clash in the FA Cup

Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier, pictured in action during his team's 0-0 draw with ON Chenecks, leads his team into FA Cup action this weekend. Picture by Mike Capps/
Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier, pictured in action during his team's 0-0 draw with ON Chenecks, leads his team into FA Cup action this weekend. Picture by Mike Capps/

Rothwell Corinthians are hoping for a big crowd when they host early ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One pacesetters Thrapston Town in the pick of the extra preliminary round ties tomorrow (Saturday).

The local rivals go into the match unbeaten this season.

Corinthians have marked their return to the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon Town and a 1-1 draw with Oadby Town so far.

And boss Shaun Sparrow said: “We got some good crowds behind us towards the end of the season and we hope they come back and enjoy the magic of the cup.

“We have got players missing, but whoever we put out there will give it everything they’ve got. It’s the FA Cup and if that doesn’t excite the players, they should go and do something else.”

Thrapston sit on top of Division One after taking seven points from their opening three games and scoring 17 goals in the process.

Ben Morgan and Jedd Whiteman have found the target in all three Division One games, including the 4-4 draw at Olney in midweek when they came from 2-0 down inside six minutes.

Boss Richard Scott said: “We have tweaked the formation a bit, got Ben and Jedd playing in different positions and with a good pre-season behind them, they are doing well.

“We are more than ready for Rothwell on Saturday. They did well to get promoted last season, but we see this as a very winnable game.”

The winners head to Bedford Town and Sparrow says that’s a massive incentive for the players.

He said: “Every player wants to test themselves at the next level and there’s no better way to do it than in the FA Cup.

“The Bedford match is the pick of the draw for the UCL clubs. We have the chance to be heroes at Bedford if we can put 90 minutes together on Saturday.”

Wellingborough Town will look to put their horror start to the UCL Premier Division season behind them when they welcome Ashford Town to the Dog & Duck in the FA Cup.

Under new boss Jamie Wright, the Doughboys have suffered back-to-back defeats against Leicester Nirvana and Newport Pagnell Town, shipping four goals in each match.

Jake Newman, last season’s top scorer, has found the target for Wellingborough in both matches.

In contrast, Ashford have won both their games in the Combined Counties Premier League and have yet to concede a goal this season.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Desborough Town head to Biggleswade United for their tie.

Ar Tarn started the season with a 1-0 win over contenders Holbeach United, but in midweek, they were hammered 8-0 by rampant Kirby Muxloe.

Boss Ian Walker said: “I’m hoping the result at Kirby was a freak. I don’t think we’ve suddenly become a bad team, but we were poor on Tuesday night.

“We were the better team for 15 minutes, but when they scored, we just never recovered.”

Raunds Town are also gearing up for FA Cup extra preliminary round action this weekend.

The Shopmates take on Crawley Green at Kiln Park.

James Le Masurier’s side opened their ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Division One season with a 0-0 home draw against ON Chenecks last Saturday.

In Division One tomorrow, Stewarts & Lloyds, fresh from claiming their first win league win since October, 2013 when they beat Bugbrooke St Michaels 2-0 last weekend, take on Woodford United at Occupation Road.

Bugbrooke, meanwhile, will be the opponents for Irchester United who will be keen to bounce back from their opening-day thrashing as they lost 9-0 at Peterborough Sports.

Rushden & Higham face Lutterworth Athletic, who just missed out on promotion to the Premier Division last season, at Hayden Road.