Sparrow wants to fire early warning shots for next season

Rothwell Corinthians entertain Bugbrooke in UCL Division One this weekend
Rothwell Corinthians entertain Bugbrooke in UCL Division One this weekend

Rothwell Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow wants his team to “put a marker down” in the coming weeks and prove they can be ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One title contenders next season.

Corinthians head into tomorrow’s (Saturday) home match against Bugbrooke sitting in eighth place.

Sparrow is targeting a top-six finish and next season, he’s aiming higher.

He said: “Promotion looks to be beyond our grasp now but we still have to play the top seven teams before the end of the season and we want to put a marker down.

“We have to show each other and everyone else in the division what we intend to do by finishing this season strongly.

“I honestly believe we have one of the best two or three squads in the division and this time next year, we could be up there challenging.

“We have a good group of players here who really enjoy their football and the average age is only 23, which has to be a good thing.

“I don’t worry about players leaving in the summer as long as we show our intent for next season.

“Players don’t play for money, they play to be competitive.

“Players who have been playing for money and not enjoying it have come here and enjoyed it.”

Corinthians haven’t been playing much recently, however.

They haven’t had a game for two-and-a-half weeks and that’s left Sparrow infuriated by the fixture list.

He said: “We haven’t had a Saturday or midweek fixture for the last two weeks and how that can be the case? I just don’t know.”

Sparrow admits the lay-off may cause problems on Saturday.

He said: “Not playing hasn’t helped us and in this league, you can’t afford to give any team a 45-minute head start.

“If we start slowly, we will be in trouble.

“We’ve done as much as we can on the training pitch, but there’s only so much you can do.”

All the other Division One sides will also be hoping the weather is a bit kinder this weekend as they look to get back into action.

There is a county derby at Occupation Road as Stewarts & Lloyds take on Rushden & Higham United.

Irchester United face a tough test as they entertain fourth-placed Potton United at Alfred Street while Burton Park Wanderers welcome ON Chenecks to Latimer Park while Irchester United.

Thrapston Town, meanwhile, are on the road for a mid-table clash at Olney Town.