Corinthians savour a superb week

Rothwell Corinthians joint-manager Jim Scott
Rothwell Corinthians joint-manager Jim Scott

As far as weeks go, they won’t get much better for Rothwell Corinthians.

The UCL Premier Division outfit moved into the second round of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time in their history as two Callum Plowright penalties sealed a 2-1 success at Waltham Forest last weekend.

They were then handed a home tie with Tring Athletic in the second round, which will be played at Sergeants Lawn on Saturday, November 12.

And they kept the momentum going on Tuesday night as goals from Jordan Henson, Lewis O’Dell, Kalon Peniasko and Djedje Gomes saw them dispatch Kirby Muxloe 4-0 in their return to league action.

“It’s been a great week for us,” said joint-boss Jim Scott.

“Last Saturday was very enjoyable for obvious reasons.

“To reach the second round of the FA Vase is yet another example of how far the club has come in recent years from being in Division One in the UCL to becoming an established Premier Division team.

“And we will believe that we can progress even further with a home tie, although I am sure it will be very tough against Tring.

“The most encouraging thing was that we didn’t have any sort of hangover from the weekend.

“The lads came back in on Tuesday night and produced a good performance in the league and that was great to see.”

Corinthians are back on home soil again tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on fellow high-fliers Holbeach United.

“It’s going to be a very tough game,” Scott added.

“They are up there like us and they have a very good squad that has been boosted by some loan signings from Spalding United.

“Our squad is certainly being tested by a lot of games in a short space of time but we will look forward to it.”

Chris Bradshaw was delighted to see his Desborough Town team hit back from their FA Vase exit with an eighth win in a row in the UCL Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Ar Tarn had their 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended by a 5-2 defeat at Wembley in the Vase last weekend.

But Desborough wasted no time in getting back on the horse as goals from Danny White and John Dean sealed a 2-1 success at Leicester Nirvana in midweek.

“I can’t have any complaints about last Saturday,” Bradshaw said.

“They played us off the pitch for 45 minutes and they are the best team we have faced this season.

“The key for me was that the boys bounced back in the league and I was delighted with the result on Tuesday.

“There are some good people over at Leicester Nirvana but it is a very difficult place to play.

“We went there last season and got beaten 6-1 so we know better than anyone how tough it is there.

“But for us to go there and get straight back to winning ways was great and the boys deserve a lot of credit for that.”

Tuesday’s win extended Ar Tarn’s unbeaten league run to 12 matches but Bradshaw knows his second-placed team are in for another huge test this weekend when they head to Deeping Rangers, who have won seven in a row in the Premier Division.

“Deeping are probably the best side in the division at the moment,” the Ar Tarn boss added.

“They are scoring a lot of goals and winning games.

“It is a massive test for us and we will see what tomorrow brings but I know we will have to be at our absolute best if we are to get anything from the game.”

Wellingborough Town travel to fellow mid-table side Leicester Nirvana this weekend.

Jon Mitchell’s team ended a run of six games without a win in all competitions last Saturday when goals from Deven Ellwood, Albert Akinremi and Adam Randall secured a fine 3-0 victory at Sleaford Town.

However, they suffered a 4-1 loss at ON Chenecks on Wednesday night with Jake Gillingwater scoring the Doughboys’ consolation.