Good things being said as Irchester’s image changes

Action from Irchester United's 3-2 home defeat to Woodford United last weekend. Picture by Alison Bagley
Action from Irchester United's 3-2 home defeat to Woodford United last weekend. Picture by Alison Bagley

Irchester United boss Steve Sargent reckons the Romans have a new image.

The midweek win over Buckingham Town at Alfred Street got Irchester back on track after back-to-back losses and keeps them in touch with the top sides in ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One going into the trip to Long Buckby tomorrow (Saturday).

Sargent would rather not talk about his side’s chances of snatching one of the two promotion places, but does believe he’s helped make the club is more attractive.

He said: “Irchester is a difficult club to manage.

“It’s only a village and we have lots of bigger clubs around us.

“Irchester has always been seen as unfashionable compared to teams like Burton Park and Wellingborough, but I think we are changing that.

“We’ve been turning a few heads this season. People have been saying good things about us.

“We are in a good position now and this is the right time to add players to the squad. It’s easier to sell the club to players at the moment.”

Sargent hopes to bring in a couple of new players in the next few days.

“We have a really good squad of 15 players,” he said.

“But a couple of players are going away over Christmas and that’s a bad time to be stretched.

“We don’t want to be down to 13 players at this time of year.”

The win over Buckingham in midweek was secured by Sam Dengel’s 82nd-minute strike and according to Sargent, the three points were well deserved.

He added: “The goal came late, but I always felt we were the better side and that the goal would come.

“The two games before that (losses to Woodford United and Blackstones) were ruined by the wind and it was nice to get out there and play a proper game of football again.”

Ian Walker’s first home game back in charge of Thrapston Town ended in a 4-1 win over Blackstones on Tuesday thanks to goals from Jedd Whiteman, Kaine Clinton, Danny Rogers and Liam Hanley. Thrapston host Lutterworth Athletic this weekend.

Raunds Town squandered a 3-1 lead, given to them courtesy of a Dave Townsend hat-trick, as Bugbrooke fought back for a 3-3 draw at Kiln Park in midweek.

The Shopmates make the short trip to local rivals Whitworth, who now have former Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town midfielder Gary Mills in their ranks, tomorrow.

Burton Park Wanderers and Rushden & Higham United, who suffered a 7-1 defeat to Premier Division side Oadby Town in the UCL Knockout Cup on Wednesday, both have home advantage against Bourne Town and Woodford United respectively.