Crucial couple of months approaching for high-flying Shopmates

Raunds Town's players have had an excellent season so far as they sit in second place in UCL Division One
Raunds Town's players have had an excellent season so far as they sit in second place in UCL Division One

Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier believes a big couple of months are approaching in the battle at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

The Shopmates are right in the thick of things, sitting in second place and one point behind leaders Olney ahead of their trip to Lutterworth Athletic this weekend.

Le Masurier’s team also saw off Premier Division outfit Kirby Muxloe 3-1 in the Knockout Cup this week.

And now, he just wants his squad to stay “in the hunt” for promotion in what looks set to be a close and intriguing race for the top-two places.

“We have started well in recent seasons and then it has been in November and December where we have tailed off a bit,” the Raunds boss said.

“So we know how the importance of the next couple of months.

“We have done ourselves justice so far and the message is the same every week, we just have to keep going.

“We used a mixed squad on Tuesday night and it was pleasing to get the result we did against a Premier Division side and we are very much all about the club and everyone here is doing a good job at the moment.

“From the outside looking in, people will see seven or eight teams who are up there and fancying their chances 
of winning it or being promoted.

“There’s no-one running away with it and we have to make sure that when we play teams below us, we have the confidence to go and pick up wins and when we play those around us we have to make sure we get results.

“There is us and maybe a couple of others in that top 10 who don’t have a budget so other clubs can go out and get players.

“But we are confident with what we have got and we just have to make sure we stay in the hunt.”

There a local derby at Chancery Lane tomorrow as Thrapston Town take on Whitworth while Irchester United entertain Long Buckby at Alfred Street.

Burton Park Wanderers have a tough assignment against fourth-placed Daventry Town at Latimer Park while rock-bottom Stewarts & Lloyds travel to Potton United.