FA Cup and UCL Preview – Adams lays down a challenge to Doughboys

Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams
Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams

Craig Adams has challenged his Wellingborough Town side to go “as far as they can” in the FA Cup this season.

The long road to Wembley starts this weekend with the extra preliminary round with all four local ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division sides all in action.

The Doughboys take on Haringey & Waltham Development at the Dog & Duck having started their league season with a 3-1 defeat at home to Wisbech Town before claiming a 0-0 draw at Cogenhoe United in midweek.

Boss Adams was pleased to see his team get off the mark on Tuesday and he believes the pressure is off them as they head into the unknown this weekend.

“I think it is a case that the pressure is off when you are up against a team you don’t really know that much about,” he said.

“I know it is early in the season but it is nice to have a break from the league and being at home is a big advantage for us.

“There is a challenge for the players in all of this. How far can we go against teams who play at our level?

“We are unlikely to ever make it to the proper rounds of the FA Cup but if you can get through a few early stages then it is something to remember in the future.

“That is the challenge for our players. Let’s see how far we can go.

“We had a decent result at Cogenhoe on Tuesday, I thought a draw was fair.

“But we need to be scoring more goals and hopefully we can correct that this weekend. The FA Cup is always exciting and it is no different for us.”

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have set the early pace in the Premier Division so far after a fine 3-2 success at Deeping was followed by a comfortable 4-0 victory over Sileby Rangers at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night.

They begin their FA Cup campaign on the road as they travel to London Colney on Saturday.

Desborough Town welcome early UCL Division One leaders Oadby Town to the S6 Stadium while Stewarts & Lloyds, fresh from a fine fighback from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 at AFC Kempston on Tuesday, entertain Arnold Town.

Two UCL Division One clubs also set off on the road to Wembley this weekend.

Rushden & Higham grabbed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with ON Chenecks in their first league game of the season and they head to Haringey Borough in the extra preliminary round.

Irchester United do have home advantage, however, as they take on Biggleswade United at Alfred Street on Sunday (3pm).

Colin Ridgway’s team were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at Harrowby United last weekend as the hosts grabbed a late equaliser.

In the UCL Division One this weekend, there is a derby date at Latimer Park as Burton Park Wanderers take on Whitworth.

Joe Smyth’s Burton team claimed a fine 3-1 success over Olney Town on the opening day while the Flourmen are looking for their first point after losing 2-0 at Lutterworth Athletic.

Rothwell Corinthians started their season with a 2-0 home defeat to Oadby Town and they are back at Sergeants Lawn on Saturday when they entertain Peterborough Sports.

Thrapston Town face a flurry of away matches at the start of the campaign and they head to Potton United, having drawn 1-1 at Bourne last weekend.

Raunds Town also drew 1-1 on the opening day as they played host to St Neots Saints. The Shopmates entertain Bourne at Kiln Park on Saturday.

A full preview of this weekend’s action can be found in this week’s Northamptonshire Telegraph