Two in-form teams ready to collide as Flourmen eye a Vase upset at Ar Tarn

James Mallows takes his in-form Whitworth team to Desborough Town in the FA Vase this weekend
James Mallows takes his in-form Whitworth team to Desborough Town in the FA Vase this weekend

Whitworth head to Desborough Town tomorrow (Saturday) eyeing an FA Vase upset.

The second qualifying round tie at the Waterworks Field sees two sides who are very much in-form going head-to-head.

The Flourmen moved level on points with United Counties League Division One leaders Olney Town after a 5-2 success over Long Buckby on Tuesday night while Desborough are going well in the Premier Division following a last-gasp win at Boston Town last weekend.

Whitworth boss James Mallows, who has seen his team win seven league games in a row, said: “We have some real momentum behind us at the moment and we have performed well recently, despite having players missing.

“Others have come in and stepped up to the plate and we just want to keep it going.

“We got through the last round, which is the first time it has happened in the club’s history.

“It’s going to be tough because Desborough are having a good season.

“We will just keep going about our business quietly. The lads are enjoying themselves at the moment.”

Ar Tarn boss Chris Bradshaw is wary of the task in front of his team this weekend.

And he has urged his team to be more ruthless after it took a stoppage-time goal to beat Boston.

Desborough continued their impressive form on Wednesday night when they won 4-0 at Brackley Town Saints in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.

Bradshaw said: “Form-wise, Whitworth are the best team in Division One at the moment and they have knocked Peterborough Sports out of the Knockout Cup.

“With us being the Premier Division side, we will be the favourites but we are under no illusions, this is another tough game and we have to go into it with the same attitude.

“It was good to get the win at Boston but we should have been out of sight by half-time.

“We can’t rely on scoring a late winner like we did. We have to be more ruthless.

“But the boys kept going until the end and it was another good three points.”

Wellingborough Town will be hoping to produce their Sunday best when they take on Bedfont Sports in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.

The Doughboys’ home tie will be played on Sunday afternoon due to AFC Rushden & Diamonds also having a game at the Dog & Duck this weekend.

But boss Jon Mitchell, whose team returned to action by coming from 3-1 down at half-time to claim a 4-3 success at ON Chenecks in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Wednesday, doesn’t expect a 24-hour delay in the fixture to affect his players.

“We want to do well in the FA Vase because there are financial rewards and if you perform well then you will get more exposure with it,” Mitchell said.

“It’s a bit different having the game on a Sunday but I don’t think that will affect us too much.

“It may have done if we had been the ones who had to travel but we are at home and we have to use that to our advantage.

“The boys should be nice and fresh and we will be looking to go through.”

Thrapston Town will also be hoping to make progress in the FA Vase this weekend when they face CB Hounslow United at Chancery Lane.

Ian Walker’s team sit in 10th place in UCL Division One following their 0-0 draw with Potton United on Tuesday night.

In Division One of the United Counties League, there is a local derby at Kiln Park as high-flying Raunds Town take on Burton Park Wanderers.

Stewarts & Lloyds host current leaders Olney Town at Occupation Road while Rushden & Higham United head to Lutterworth Athletic.

The Lankies enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Bugbrooke in midweek thanks to goals from Craig Harrower and Dan Turiccki.