Corinthians keen to put it right after ‘unacceptable’ midweek display

Boss Shaun Sparrow wants a reaction from his Rothwell Corinthians side this weekend
Boss Shaun Sparrow wants a reaction from his Rothwell Corinthians side this weekend

Rothwell Corinthians head home looking to put a shock midweek loss at behind them.

Boss Shaun Sparrow admitted his side’s performance in the 3-1 loss at Sileby Rangers in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division on Tuesday night was “unacceptable.”

And he’s called for his players to “put it right” in back-to-back home games.

Newport Pagnell Town are the visitors to Sergeants Lawn tomorrow (Saturday) before Corinthians host Cogenhoe United on Tuesday night.

Sparrow said: “We were very, very poor at Sileby.

“It was a nice wide pitch which should have suited us and we had plenty of chances, but it was one of those days where right across the pitch, nothing really clicked and we didn’t seem to have the stomach for the fight either.

“I have to put it down to just being a bad day at the office. I can’t explain the performance any other way.

“We spoke to the lads afterwards and they know it was unacceptable.

“But one bad game doesn’t make us a bad team and now we’ve got a run of home games coming up to put things right.”

Six of Corinthians’ next seven games are at home and Sparrow has a couple of players back.

Kalon Penisako returns from suspension and Aaron Watts is also available again.

Wellingborough Town welcome back Dan Stewart for the home game with Wisbech Town tomorrow.

Stewart has had a spell on loan with Raunds Town and Doughboys boss Jon Mitchell has brought him back to the Dog & Duck to boost his side’s survival battle.

Last week’s 2-1 win at Harborough Town – secured by two goals from Justin Dowling – has lifted the Doughboys four points clear of the drop zone.

Mitchell said: “The lads worked really hard at Harborough and the signs are they are starting to gel.

“We’ve been trying to find a settled side, but with 
players being injured and games being called off, it’s been difficult.

“But in recent games, they have had time together on the pitch and that’s why it’s looking better for us.

“From what I’ve seen, I don’t think I will have to bring anyone in before the end of the season.

“We have enough good players to keep us in the Premier Division.”

Desborough Town should be at full-strength for the trip to Boston Town tomorrow.

Ar Tarn boss Chris Bradshaw, frustrated by the postponement of his side’s clash with AFC Kempston Rovers last weekend, reports Aidan Bradshaw and Perry Katesmark are expected to be fit for the trip to the DWB Stadium.

Ar Tarn were 4-3 winners against Boston when the sides met at Waterworks Field in November and Bradshaw wants his team to complete a league double.

He said: “After we beat them at home earlier this season, I told the guys they had just beaten a side who will be in the top eight or nine this season.

“For whatever reason, they are not up there at the moment, but Boston has always been a tough place to go.

“They like to play football, so we have to be patient with them and stick to our game plan.

“We are going there looking for a win. We need to push on.”

Ar Tarn’s bright opening to the new year has been overshadowed by the death of one of the club’s most successful managers Stan Parker who passed away in Portugal in late January at the age of 85.

Parker played for Ar Tarn in the late 1950s but is best remembered at the Waterworks Field for his five-year spell in charge from 1978 to 1983.

His most successful season at the helm was the 1979-80 campaign when he led Desborough to second place in the Premier Division and their best-ever run in the FA Vase as they progressed to the last 16.

An astute operator in the transfer market, Parker sold defender Wakeley Gage to Northampton Town in 1979 for a sum which, with add ons, totalled a then record UCL transfer fee of £8,000.

A later sale was that of Frankie Murphy to Kettering for a further £1,000, the funds generated helping Ar Tarn become one of the league’s first clubs to boast floodlights.