Walker looking forward as he makes his Thrapston return

Ian Walker is back at the helm at Thrapston Town
Ian Walker is back at the helm at Thrapston Town

Ian Walker is back in charge at Thrapston Town.

Walker returns to Chancery Lane for a second spell as manager after Richard Scott stepped down.

Scott and his assistant Kevin Fox resigned before last week’s 3-1 reverse at home to Oakham United, a fourth straight defeat that leaves Thrapston 11th in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One.

Walker takes charge for the trip to Bourne tomorrow (Saturday) and admits his return to management has come “out of blue.”

Walker left Desborough Town in September and said: “I wasn’t looking to get straight back into football.

“I was looking to take some time out, but then this opportunity came up at Thrapston.

“I took a couple of days to think about it and I’m looking forward to working there again.

“I know the club well, I know the committee and I know many of the players as well from my time there before.

“Thrapston is a club with ambition.

“They want to play in the Premier Division, but the priority at the moment is just to stabilise the club as quickly as possible.”

Walker will be working alongside assistants Gavin Cullum and Dom Berardi at Chancery Lane and looking ahead, he said: “There’s a lot of football to be played.

“We’re not even halfway through the season, so I’ve got time to have a look at what we’ve got, get to know the lads and take it from there.”

Raunds Town were denied a win at Potton United in midweek as the hosts scored a late equaliser.

Charlie Fowler and Jamie Russell were on target for the Shopmates who host Olney Town tomorrow.

Irchester United take on Woodford United at Alfred Street while Rushden & Higham United head to Oakham.

Bottom side Burton Park Wanderers, who were thumped 6-0 at Olney Town on Tuesday, are without a game due to St Neots Town Saints pulling out of the league.

Stewarts & Lloyds will try again in the third round of the NFA Junior Cup this weekend.

Their clash with Netherton United was postponed last Saturday as the two teams do battle for a place in the last eight at Occupation Road.