Walker’s Desborough ready for another tough game

Desborough Town manager Ian Walker
Desborough Town manager Ian Walker

Ian Walker knows Desborough Town are in for another tough test when they take on AFC Kempston Rovers in their first game of 2015 tomorrow (Saturday).

Ar Tarn go into the clash the Waterworks Field in a comfortable mid-table position in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division following the 1-0 Boxing Day success at local rivals Harborough Town.

Walker is keen for his team to “creep” into the top 10 during their final 16 matches of the campaign.

But he is well aware of the task in front of them this weekend against a Kempston side who beat Desborough 5-1 earlier in the season.

“I think our next four are at home so that gives us a chance to get some more points on the board,” Walker said.

“It was a great win for us on Boxing Day. There is no doubt in my mind that we were the better team but it was a hard battle in the second half because we were playing into the wind and rain so it was pleasing to see us hold firm.

“It won’t be easy on Saturday. Kempston are a good side and it will be another tough test for us. I had no complaints about the scoreline over there.

“We have established ourselves in mid-table and that’s not something this club has done too often by this stage of a season.

“I am the sort of person who always wants to try to push on and maybe we could creep into eighth or ninth place.

“But the most important thing is to keep on picking up points and ensure the pack below us stays far enough away.”

AFC Rushden & Diamonds moved eight points clear at the top of the table on New Year’s Day as goals from Scott Joseph and Tom Lorraine earned them a 2-1 win over ground rivals Wellingborough Town on New Year’s Day.

But the clash, which saw Michael Cirelli respond for the Doughboys, was again marred by a problem with the floodlights at the Dog & Duck just before half-time.

As a result, the United Counties League have now advised that all Saturday matches at the ground will now kick off at 2pm until further notice.

That decision has resulted in Diamonds’ clash with Deeping Rangers, due to be played tomorrow, being postponed due to the short notice of the kick-off time.

A statement from AFC Diamonds said: “Following the power cut to the floodlights on Boxing Day and today’s (New Year’s Day) floodlight overloading, the league have advised that all matches at the Dog & Duck have to kick off at 2pm until further notice.

“We have been subsequently informed by Deeping Rangers that they are unable to fulfil the fixture at 2pm on Saturday, January 3 and therefore the league has postponed the fixture due to the short notice of the kick off change.

“The next scheduled fixture at home is due to take place on Tuesday, January 13 against Harborough Town at 7.45pm and we shall advise supporters of any change to this fixture in due course.”

The Doughboys will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to bottom side Long Buckby.