Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow is preparing himself for an easy team talk when his team take on Holbeach United at Sergeants Lawn in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division tonight (Thursday).
This evening’s encounter is a re-arranged match following a controversial abandonment back in February.
Corinthians were leading the Tigers 4-1 with just 17 minutes remaining when the referee chose to call a halt to proceedings after Holbeach’s Nick Jackson suffered a serious injury, which turned out to be a torn calf muscle.
The decision prompted an angry response from Corinthians at the time and last month it was confirmed that the game would be replayed in full.
Sparrow and his players felt a sense of injustice that still exists now.
And, even though they have now comfortably secured their status following promotion from Division One a year ago, the Corinthians boss knows his players won’t need any extra motivation when they take on the sixth-placed Tigers once again.
“The lads are still very angry about the situation and, quietly, so am I,” the Corinthians boss, whose team claimed a fine 2-1 success at Carters Park earlier this season, said.
“I don’t feel it was dealt with well but here we are.
“The only good thing about it is that game could have cost us our top-flight status, fortunately that has not been the case because of the good form we have had.
“The irony is that because of injuries and suspensions, we will be missing players who were involved in the original game, it just doesn’t seem right.
“I am sure the lads will have a bit of extra fire in there for it and there will be a bit of frustration to let out, I certainly won’t have to say much beforehand.”
Corinthians’ clash with Holbeach is followed by a tough trip to current leaders Leicester Nirvana on Saturday.