UCL Preview – Byrne wans S&L to be ruthless

Action from Rushden & Higham's 4-0 defeat to Northampton Spencer in the FA Vase last weekend. Aidy Mann's team travel to Burton Park Wanderers in the UCL Division One weekend. Picture by Andrew Carpenter
Action from Rushden & Higham's 4-0 defeat to Northampton Spencer in the FA Vase last weekend. Aidy Mann's team travel to Burton Park Wanderers in the UCL Division One weekend. Picture by Andrew Carpenter

Making the most of the opportunities created is Kevin Byrne’s wish for this weekend.

The S&L Corby boss takes his side to Deeping in the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday) with the view of capitalising on their extra-time defeat of Bardon Hill Sports in the FA Vase last time out.

S&L equalised in the last minute of normal time before coming out on top in the additional 30 minutes and Byrne wants to carry that form into this weekend’s outing but with the added factor of converting chances into something tangible.

He said: “I always enjoy going to Deeping because it’s one of the best grounds in the league.

“They’re a good, organised side who can be difficult to play against but we’ll be at full strength and give it a go.

“Performance-wise I can’t really knock anyone because we’ve been good but I want to see us put more chances away and start killing teams off.

“We’re creating them from all over, out wide, down the middle and from the back, we just need to do better in front of goal and if we do that we can get a result over there.”

Wellingborough Town are on the road at Peterborough Northern Star and manager Craig Adams wants his side to continue the good work of the past couple of weeks.

The Doughboys have won their past three games without conceding a goal and Adams wants more of the same on Saturday.

He said: “We’ll try to keep our little run going.

“We’ve scored a few and kept three clean sheets which has put more confidence into the squad.

“At Peterborough we need to focus on what we can do, we’re a workmanlike side who stick together and that needs to stay the same.”

Desborough haven’t won at Newport Pagnell for almost a decade and Steve Walker wants that record to come to an end.

Ar Tarn make the trip to Buckinghamshire this weekend in the Premier Division and manager Walker wants to inflict more misery on a side who haven’t won in the league this season.

He said: “We know what we’ll get over there but they’ve struggled to get results in the league.

“I’ve been told we haven’t won there for nine years and I’d like to put that to an end.

“We’ll be going over there with pretty much a full squad to choose from and looking to continue where we left off last weekend.”

That was a 1-0 defeat of Radford in the FA Vase, a win that Walker said could’ve been more emphatic.

“It flattered them to be honest as we hit the woodwork on five occasions.”

In Division One, Frank Ielapi has confirmed there has been interest in the vacant Rothwell Corinthians manager’s post as he prepares to lead them again at Eynesbury Rovers tomorrow.

Ben Watts left Seargents Lawn last week after a poor start to the season and Ielapi, who took charge for the first time at Ibstock in last weekend’s FA Vase defeat, thinks a new man will be at the helm in a short space of time.

He said: “I’m only doing it on a temporary basis, for just a couple of weeks hopefully.

“There’s been a bit of interest in the job and they’ve all been good applicants.

“It’ll just be a question of getting the right man in for what is a sought after job.”

Tuesday’s 4-1 reverse to Lutterworth Athletic made it seven straight league defeat for Corinthians but despite the poor run of form, Ielapi thinks there is plenty for the next manager to work with.

He added: “There were enough good signs out there on Tuesday and in the Vase game for someone to work on and improve.

“At the minute we’re getting punished for making silly mistakes and it’s about trying to get the morale back into the players.”

Elsewhere in Division One this weekend, there is a derby clash at Latimer Park as Burton Park Wanderers chase a fifth successive win against Rushden & Higham, who are unbeaten in three league matches.

Whitworth make the trip to Oadby in search of what would be only their second win in nine matches.

Thrapston trounced Peterborough Sports 5-1 on Tuesday and they host Lutterworth Athletic while Irchester, beaten 2-1 at Buckingham last time out, travel to Bourne.