Jon Mitchell takes charge of Wellingborough Town for the first time when Rothwell Corinthians visit for a ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division local derby at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).
Dave Williams stepped down due to work commitments following the much-needed 1-0 win over Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday night, leaving Mitchell to take charge, along with assistant Stuart Goosey.
Brian Mapley will also be staying at the club as goalkeeping coach.
Mitchell made around 200 appearances for the Doughboys during two spells at the Dog & Duck and becomes the club’s fourth manager this season.
At the start of the season, Jamie Wright was in charge, but he resigned after a poor run of results and Craig Adams was placed in temporary charge.
Adams stood down after a couple of weeks to be replaced by Williams, who was assisted by Mitchell.
Mitchell now takes charge and said: “Wellingborough is my hometown and I’ve been thinking about managing the club for a while.
“I didn’t expect it to happen so soon, but I’m ready.
“Because of Dave’s work commitments, I’ve been doing the majority of the work.
“I’ve been organising training and picking the team.
“I’m not sure how much I’m going to play now that I’m the manager. I would rather look at the team from the touchline.
“I’m looking to bring in a couple of players over the next month or so to create competition for places.”
Dan Stewart was the Doughboys’ match winner against Eynesbury in midweek and Dan Spaughton made his 250th appearance for the club in a win that lifted his team level on points with Oadby Town and Sileby Rangers.
Mitchell said: “That’s a great achievement and it shows how consistent Dan has been.
“I think he’s played under 11 different managers and for all of them to pick him shows his consistency.
“Dan is a Wellingborough lad who always gives 100 per cent.”
Mitchell reports confidence is high at the club following the midweek win over Eynesbury and Corinthians also go into Saturday’s game boosted by a win.
Their last-gasp 2-1 victory over Sileby – secured by goals from Callum Plowright and Kyle Locklin’s injury-time strike – takes them through to the semi-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup for the first time.
For Locklin, it was his first goal since he broke his leg last season and boss Shaun Sparrow said: “I was pleased as punch for Kyle.
“I have never seen him so happy to score a goal.
“It was a nice moment for him and the rest of us as well!”
Sparrow made changes for the Sileby match and said: “The lads that came in did well and now we have some decisions to make.
“We are getting back to full-strength and there’s more competition for places now.”
Desborough Town boss Chris Bradshaw is demanding a response from his players when they welcome Eynesbury Rovers to the Waterworks Field tomorrow.
In midweek, Ar Tarn were thumped 6-1 at leaders Leicester Nirvana.
Because of a fault with one of the floodlights, Bradshaw felt the game should not have gone ahead but didn’t use that as an excuse.
He said: “Nirvana were the better side and deserved to win but the scoreline disappoints me.
“We shouldn’t be losing 6-1 to any team in this league.
“We should be able to compete with anyone and we didn’t with Nirvana. That’s the disappointing thing for me.
“Nirvana are a good team who will always score goals, but there’s a way to play against them and we couldn’t do it.
“I want to see a response from the players and I think I will get one.
“I have an honest bunch who will work hard to put things right.”
Bradshaw will be able to spend more time on the training ground with his players in the coming weeks.
He said: “We seem to have been playing every Saturday and midweek.
“Now we’re only playing on Saturdays for the next few weeks we can work on things and get the lads sharper.”