Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow says he’s desperate to put the NFA Junior Cup in the trophy cabinet at Sergeants Lawn.
Corinthians, beaten 3-2 at ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One leaders Northampton Spencer in midweek, head to JK Blisworth for a quarter-final tie tomorrow (Saturday).
They will be fancied to beat their hosts from the Northants Combination Premier Division but Sparrow is taking nothing for granted.
“Blisworth are from a lower league and people will assume we will beat them,” he said
“But this is a quarter-final and as anyone involved in football knows, form means nothing in matches like this.
“They will have absolutely nothing to lose.
“It’s a big game for both clubs. I won’t be saying this cup doesn’t matter if we lose. It does matter.
“This club has had a tough time over the last couple of years and winning this cup would mean a lot.
“Players remember winning cups and clubs love to put a bit of silverware in the trophy cabinet.
“Looking at who else is in the cup, we have every chance of winning it.
“If Spencer are the best team out there, we have nothing to fear.
“We lost to them because we didn’t compete in the first half and that’s unusual for us.
“We went 1-0 up then we fell asleep. That cost us what could prove to be a very important point or even more.
“But it could be the kick up the backside we need. I expect us to start better on Saturday. I’m expecting a response from the players.”
Thrapston Town and Raunds Town are also bidding to book their places in the semi-finals.
Thrapston head to Combination side Harpole while the Shopmates travel to ON Chenecks.
In the UCL Division One itself, Whitworth will look to keep their promotion bid on track when they host Bugbrooke while Irchester, who drew 2-2 with Bugbrooke in midweek, host high-flying Peterborough Sports.
Rushden & Higham United will aim to bounce back from a 5-0 thrashing at ON Chenecks on Tuesday when they host Bourne Town while struggling duo Burton Park Wanderers and Stewarts & Lloyds are on the road at St Neots Saints and Olney Town respectively.