Unbeaten run goes on but Bradshaw knows Desborough must tighten up

Chris Bradshaw's Desborough Town put their nine-match unbeaten run on the line at Holbeach United tomorrow
Chris Bradshaw's Desborough Town put their nine-match unbeaten run on the line at Holbeach United tomorrow

Desborough Town’s superb unbeaten run continued in midweek but boss Chris Bradshaw knows his team will have to tighten things up tomorrow (Saturday).

It’s been a fine start to the season at the Waterworks Field with Ar Tarn progressing into the first round of the FA Vase while also sitting in fourth place in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division table.

They battled back from 3-1 down to beat nine-man Oadby Town 4-3 on Tuesday night and that came off the back of a 6-3 extra-time success over Whitworth last weekend, which earned them a trip to take on Wembley in the first round of the FA Vase next month.

Desborough are unbeaten in nine and have won eight of those but Bradshaw, whose team have conceded 16 goals during that run, won’t be able to give any gifts out when they head to second-placed Holbeach United this weekend.

“I said to the players towards the end of August that I wanted us to finish that month unbeaten and then also go unbeaten throughout September,” Bradshaw said.

“Credit to them because they have done that and we have won eight of those nine match and we drew the other in which we were down to 10 men for 45 minutes.

“I’m not sure whether we won it on Tuesday or whether Oadby lost it but they lost their discipline and had two players sent off.

“When we got back to 3-3 it felt like we had got out of jail but the lads kept going and got the late winner.

“It’s a great run but we have to tighten things up. We can’t be that team that will just try to score one more goal than our opponents.

“It’s a collective effort and we have to tighten up all over the pitch.

“One thing is for sure, if we let Holbeach go 3-1 up tomorrow, we won’t be given an easy way back into the game.”

Things are ticking over very nicely at Rothwell Corinthians at the moment.

They moved into the first round proper of the FA Vase with a 2-1 success over Irchester United last weekend, which has earned them a trip to Waltham Forest on Saturday, October 22.

And Corinthians followed it up with a fine victory over fellow high-fliers Newport Pagnell Town by the same scoreline in the United Counties League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

A third home game in a row arrives tomorrow when they take on struggling Cogenhoe United at Sergeants Lawn and joint-boss Jim Scott insists his players will need to be at their best again if they are to keep their good form going.

“We are very pleased,” he said.

“If you take out the Hillier Cup defeat to Brackley, we are on a very good unbeaten run and it was an excellent win against a good Newport Pagnell team on Tuesday.

“To win that game after making progress in the FA Vase is very pleasing indeed.

“But we know in this division if you are 10 per cent off your game against anyone then you can come unstuck.

“Cogenhoe will be desperate to put one over us and really kickstart their season.

“But if we perform to our best then I believe we can come out of it with another positive result.

“The lads are really impressing us. They are taking everything on board and are getting better with every week.”

Wellingborough Town boss Jon Mitchell has called on his players to “dust themselves down and go again” this weekend.

The Doughboys were knocked out of the FA Vase as Bedfont Sports claimed a 2-0 victory last Sunday and then suffered a 4-0 loss at United Counties League Premier Division leaders Peterborough Sports on Tuesday evening.

Wellingborough take on Wisbech Town at the Dog & Duck tomorrow.

And Mitchell said: “We gave Peterborough too much respect on Tuesday.

“We had too many players not at their best and Peterborough took full advantage of it.

“Wisbech have been a bit hit and miss this season.

“They have been either very good or very bad.

“But when you have setbacks you have to pick yourselves up, dust yourselves down and go again and that’s what we will do.”