Mann hoping for an allround change this weekend

Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann
Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann

Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann is hoping that the standard of officiating is higher this weekend when Bugbrooke St Michaels visit Hayden Road this weekend in Division One of the Chromasport & Trophies UCL.

The Lankies drew 1-1 at high-flying Harrowby last weekend but we’re stymied by what Mann described as “the worst referee I’ve ever seen.”

Boss Mann felt Harrowby should have had a man sent off and were awarded a dubious penalty as the visitors’ performance went relatively unrewarded.

And he doesn’t want to see the same, in either regard, this Saturday.

He said: “We’ve been playing well and should have won last week.

“My lads were dejected in the dressing-room afterwards, they’d worked their socks off, and it was all down to the referee who was awful.

“There were two important decisions in the game and he got both horribly wrong. He was dreadful.

“But we proved that we can play against the best teams 
in the league and with a bit more consistency – we’ve dropped a few silly points – we can move a lot higher in the table.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Raunds, without a win in four and beaten 4-1 by Northampton Spencer in the League Cup in midweek, will be strong favourites when they host bottom side Woodford at Kiln Park.

In-form duo Irchester and Rothwell Corinthians are at home to St Neots Town Saints and away to Olney respectively.

Thrapston travel to Lutterworth and Burton 
Park Wanderers are on the road at Oadby while Whitworth have a home game against Harrowby on their agenda.

In the Premier Division, Wellingborough Town manager Craig Adams has adjusted his targets for the season in the wake of a solid opening third to the campaign.

As things stand, the Doughboys are lying sixth in the table with 24 points from their 14 games.

And with a trip to fifth-placed Yaxley on the agenda this weekend, Adams feels his charges are capable of exceeding their pre-season expectations.

He said: “At the start of the season we had the realistic aim of being in the top eight at Christmas.

“We’d have been happy with that but the way we’ve been playing, we took four points off Peterborough Northern Star and four off Huntingdon, why can’t we go higher?

“We haven’t pulled up many trees but we’ve been workmanlike and steady and I think we’re going nicely.”

The other games in the top flight see AFC Rushden & Diamonds entertain Cognehoe, S&L Corby travel to Wisbech and Desborough go to AFC Kempston.