Chris Bradshaw insists Desborough Town won’t be in the title shake-up in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier DivisionCh.
Ar Tarn head to Wisbech Town this weekend after extending their unbeaten record in all competitions to 12 matches and maintaining third place in the table last Saturday.
But, despite their flying start to the season, Bradshaw is adamant that current leaders Peterborough Sports will “win it easily” and he insists his pre-season target for his players remains the main aim.
“We aren’t in the title shake-up and that isn’t a case of me trying to play it down,” he said.
“Peterborough Sports will win it and will win it easily. They have the resources and they have players who are playing below their natural levels.
“My target at the start of the season was to be in the top eight and I will be delighted if we can achieve that.
“But there is still a lot of hard work to do and we won’t look any further ahead than the next game.
“I don’t believe we will be in the title hunt but that doesn’t mean we won’t go out to try to win every match.
“But there is a bigger picture here. We don’t have the resources other clubs have.
“But we have a youth team and reserve team who are both top of their leagues and a first team going along well.
“We are giving the younger players a chance and that’s important to us.”
Bradshaw, meanwhile, once again praised his players for not giving up as they left it late to beat Peterborough Northern Star 2-1 last weekend.
They looked to be heading for defeat but Jason Turner levelled in the last minute before Dan White won it in stoppage-time.
“I think half-time last weekend is the angriest I have been, for 45 minutes we looked like a team who hadn’t won in 12 let alone gone unbeaten for that time,” Bradshaw added.
“But there is something to be said about still picking up results even when you don’t play well.
“What I will say is that this group continues to amaze me. They don’t know when to give up.
“There is a real togetherness about them that makes them keep going even when it looks hopeless and that’s a good quality to have.”
Rothwell Corinthians joint-boss Jim Scott isn’t sure what to expect when they head to Harrowby United this weekend.
Harrowby have endured a tough start to the UCL Premier Division season but recently appointed new joint-managers in form of Ross Cousins and Sam Ralph.
But Scott insists his team can head there “with confidence” even though they were edged out 3-2 by high-flying Eynesbury Rovers last weekend, having claimed a fine 3-1 success at ON Chenecks a few days earlier.
“Harrowby have put a new manager in there and it sounded like they put in a good performance at Wisbech last weekend,” Scott said.
“So it’s difficult to know what to expect.
“It will certainly be a lot tougher than it might have been a few weeks ago.
“But we can go there feeling confident. We were excellent at ON Chenecks and it was a great result for us there.
“Saturday was disappointing because there wasn’t a great deal between the teams.
“We gave them a couple of gift goals but we won the second half and we had a chance to nick a point late on.
“But what we have taken from that game is that if that is the level then we are not far away at all.”
Jon Mitchell says Wellingborough Town have a “burst water main because we keep leaking goals!”
The Doughboys have conceded five in each of their past two outings in the UCL Premier Division with the latest setback being a 5-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers last Friday night.
Wellingborough head to bottom markers Huntingdon Town tomorrow.
And Mitchell believes it represents a “great opportunity” for his players to bounce back.
“We know what we have go to do to put things right because we have a burst water main and we keep leaking goals,” the Doughboys boss said.
“We have to make sure it stops but the players have to ensure they don’t put in lacklustre performances.
“They have proven they can compete well in this league and they need to show it again.
“We have played a couple of decent teams in the last two matches but Saturday is a great opportunity for us to turn things around get back to winning ways.”