Corinthians will ‘give it everything’ in promotion bid

Rushden & Higham United completed their UCL Division One season with a 4-0 defeat at champions Northampton Spencer last weekend
Rushden & Higham United completed their UCL Division One season with a 4-0 defeat at champions Northampton Spencer last weekend

Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow says his players are ready to “give everything” in their last three games to secure promotion to the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Corinthians need six more points to finish runners-up behind Division One champions Northampton Spencer, who visit Sergeants Lawn tomorrow (Saturday).

Sparrow said: “We’ve got three huge games, three cup finals, coming up and two of them are against top sides in the league.

“We will be giving it everything. We won’t be leaving anything in the tank in these last three games.

“We don’t expect any favours from Spencer on Saturday.

“They’ve already done their job by winning the title and that means there’s no pressure on them.

“They can play with freedom and we all know that’s when good teams are particularly dangerous.”

The Spencer fixture is followed by home dates against Irchester United and Lutterworth Athletic and Sparrow says he plans to field different line-ups in each of the remaining games.

He said: “We will have fresh legs for each game.

“We’ve got a good squad and they’ve been pushing each other on and bringing out the best in each other all season.

“We’ve been resting players when they’re getting heavy legged and the players who’ve come in have really performed and raised the bar.

“That’s why we have done well this season.

“Whenever anyone wears the shirt, they know they have to play well to keep it. We have that strength in depth.”

That was proved at Bourne Town last week as Chris Clarke came off the bench to score two late goals and seal a 3-0 win.

And Sparrow said: “Chris has been in and out of the side this season.

“But he’s shown that he has the ability to be a first-team striker. He definitely gives me another option.”

The season is now drawing to a close for the other local clubs.

Whitworth completed their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Irchester United on Tuesday night while the Romans play their final game next weekend.

Raunds Town were 3-2 winners at Burton Park Wanderers in midweek and both clubs finish their seasons on Saturday.

The Shopmates take on Blackstones at Kiln Park while Wanderers head to Lutterworth Athletic.

Stewarts & Lloyds’ miserable campaign continue with a 1-0 home defeat to Lutterworth on Tuesday and they take on St Neots Town Saints in their penultimate fixture this weekend. Thrapston Town, meanwhile, are on the road at Potton United.