Le Masurier still targeting top-four finish for Raunds

Raunds Town joint-manager James Le Masurier
Raunds Town joint-manager James Le Masurier

Raunds Town joint-boss James Le Masurier says last week’s NFA Junior Cup nightmare hasn’t dented his belief that the Shopmates can finish in the top four in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

Le Masurier’s side were thumped 5-0 at ON Chenecks in their quarter final and the manager hopes that could be a turning point for his side.

He takes the Shopmates to Buckingham Town tomorrow (Saturday) and said: “I still believe a top-four finish is possible. On our day, we are good enough to beat anyone in this division.

“But it depends on the players and how they react to last week.

“We had only lost two of our previous eight games before that but we were a bit rusty and it turned into a nightmare.

“We got what we deserved. They were quicker, stronger and wanted it more than us.

“We have to try to forget about it and move on to the next crucial game.

“The next three games are all away from home and we believe they are all winnable.”

Le Masurier will be without suspended duo Chris Jones and Gavin Fitzgerald this weekend while both Rich Chambers and Cameron Penny are unavailable.

But Le Masurier says there will be no excuses if the Shopmates return home empty-handed.

He said: “We aren’t at full strength but we still have a squad that’s good enough to compete and come away with three points.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, Thrapston Town host third-placed Potton United while Rothwell Corinthians who, along with Thrapston were also knocked out of the Junior Cup last weekend, are on the road at Bourne Town.

The bottom two clash at Occupation Road as Stewarts & Lloyds take on St Neots Town Saints while fellow strugglers Burton Park Wanderers go to Peterborough Sports.