Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow says his players want to clinch promotion for crocked striker Kyle Locklin.
Locklin suffered a broken leg in last week’s 4-2 defeat at Whitworths that snapped Corinthians’ 10-match winning run.
They remain favourites to clinch second place behind ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One champions Northampton Spencer and Sparrow says the injury to Locklin will help his side pull together over the closing four games.
Sparrow’s side head to Bourne tomorrow (Saturday) before finishing the season with three home games and he said: “It’s a real shame for Kyle.
“He’s been involved over the course of a long season and this is the time of the season when he really wants to be involved.
“But I don’t have to worry about heads dropping. We’ve got a strong squad and what’s happened to Kyle could galvanise the rest of the team.
“We have a great, great team spirit here and I’m sure the lads want to get promoted for Kyle. They won’t want to let him down.
“There are plenty of tired legs and players carrying knocks, but wanting to do it for Kyle could give them that extra push they need in the last few games of the season.”
Three days after having his leg broken, Locklin was on the touchline watching Corinthians fight out a 1-1 draw with Potton.
Sparrow said: “I always thought the real test for us would be how we responded when things went wrong and we responded incredibly well against Potton.
“We were very, very unlucky not to come away with three points, but when you come from behind against a side with such a good defensive record, you have to be happy.”
Corinthians head into the final four games trailing second-placed Peterborough Sports by one point, but they have three games in hand.
“We are where we want to be,” said Sparrow.
“But it’s going to go down to the wire. There could be a point in it at the end of the season or it might be decided by goal difference.
“It will come down to talent, bottle and luck and I always back my team.”
The Division One action starts at Chancery Lane tonight (Friday) when Thrapston Town take on local rivals Irchester United, who saw their four-game winning streak ended at Raunds Town on Monday while Thrapston beat Burton Park Wanderers 2-0.
Burton, meanwhile, are involved in a big game at the bottom as they take on Stewarts & Lloyds at Latimer Park tomorrow.
Raunds host promotion-chasing Peterborough Sports at Kiln Park while Rushden & Higham United head to champions Spencer