Shopmates ready to take on runaway leaders Sports

Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier
Raunds Town boss Jim Le Masurier

Raunds Town this weekend welcome the country’s top side to Kiln Park.

The visitors are Peterborough Sports and they have been unstoppable in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One this season, winning all 16 games to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

Sports are the only team playing in the senior football league system in England who have won all their league matches this season.

They have netted 79 goals, conceded just nine and their wins include a 5-1 demolition of Raunds in September.

Shopmates boss James Le Masurier said: “Peterborough Sports are definitely the best team in the division.

“The table doesn’t lie. They have quality throughout the side and are scoring lots of goals.

“When we played them earlier this season, we went ahead early and that was the worst thing we could have done.

“They really went for us after that.

“They may be a better side than us, but we can make it difficult for them and the way I look at it, we are in a no lose situation on Saturday.

“Our form hasn’t been great recently and this could be the game that turns things around for us.”

The Shopmates have taken just two points from their last four games.

Last weekend they were thumped 4-2 at Whitworth after shipping three goals in the first half.

Le Masurier said: “If I could put my finger on exactly what’s going wrong, it would not be happening.

“It just seems that some of the lads aren’t performing.

“We pride ourselves on being hard to break down, but recently, we’ve been conceding too many goals.

“But things can change very quickly in football and Saturday could well be a turning point for us.”

Whitworth will be hoping to build on that win over Raunds when they head to Bourne Town this weekend.

Sixth-placed Irchester United entertain Bugbrooke while Rushden & Higham United, who sit in seventh, are on the road at Woodford United.

Thrapston Town head to Oakham United while Burton Park Wanderers’ quest for a first win of the season continues with a trip to Potton United.

Stewarts & Lloyds, meanwhile, will aim to finally play their NFA Junior Cup third-round clash against Netherton United.

The match has been switched to Netherton following two postponements at Occupation Road.