Sparrow hoping the Vase can turn things around for Corinthians

Rothwell Corinthians manager Shaun Sparrow
Rothwell Corinthians manager Shaun Sparrow

Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow hopes a victory in the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday) will turn his side’s season around.

Corinthians welcome Bedford FC to Sergeants Lawn looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Harborough Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division that Sparrow says left him “distraught”.

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve prided ourselves on how much heart we have – and now we have to show it,” Sparrow (pictured right) said.

“It’s never easy losing games and it’s even harder when you feel hard done by like we did at Harborough.

“This is when you find out about a side’s character.

“We always knew it would be tough at this level and now we need to show we have the stomach for the fight.

“I’m confident the lads have the bottle and will bounce back.

“We need a bit of luck and a win to get that feel-good factor back – and win in the Vase would do that.”

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker took plenty of positives from his side’s midweek defeat against Leicester Nirvana.

Nirvana powered into a 3-0 lead at half-time at the Waterworks Field.

Jake Bettles and Stef Gatting were on target to haul Ar Tarn back into the match before Nirvana made sure of three points with a late fourth.

But Walker said: “We take a lot of positives from the way we played in the second half.

“We were awful in the first half and gave away some soft goals, but we really took it to them after the break and we had them on the ropes.

“We just couldn’t force the equaliser.”

Desborough return to action this weekend when they make the trip to Hanworth Villa in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.

And the Ar Tarn manager added: “Hanworth are going well this season.

“But if we play like we did in the second half against Nirvana on Tuesday, we will give them a good game.”

Wellingborough Town will also look to get back on track when they head to Holmer Green in the FA Vase.

They’ve had back-to-back defeats since pummelling Huntingdon Town 8-0, but boss Jamie Wright will have been encouraged by his side’s showing at Eynesbury Rovers in midweek.

Jake Newman gave the Doughboys an early lead, but two second-half strikes condemned the Doughboys to a defeat that leaves them with just three points from their opening six games in the UCL Premier Division.