Williams ready for a ‘massive challenge’ with Doughboys

New Wellingborough Town manager Dave Williams
New Wellingborough Town manager Dave Williams

Dave Williams is the new Welingborough Town manager after Craig Adams stepped down as interim boss this week.

The former Hinckley United, Rothwell Town and Shepshed Dynamo boss takes charge for the first time at Sileby Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).

He joins with the Doughboys one place off the bottom of the UCL Premier Division having taken just four points from their opening 10 games.

Williams, assistant Jon Mitchell and player-coach Stuart Goosey were introduced to the players before Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Long Buckby in the UCL Knockout Cup at the Dog & Duck.

Williams joined on the recommendation of Adams, who says he wants to “take a different path.”

Adams, who took on the job a couple of weeks ago after Jamie Wright resigned, will still do some scouting for the club.

Williams was at Desborough Town with Chris Bradshaw in a caretaker capacity after Ian Walker resigned last week.

The 50-year-old said: “There was uncertainty for me at Desborough and when the chance came of a definite job at Wellingborough, I had to take it.

“It’s a massive challenge for us. There’s some crazy money being thrown around the UCL and we have less than most.

“We are here to hopefully put things right and move the club forward.

“We have to make sure we stay up this season, then build on that.”

Desborough Town caretaker-manager Chris Bradshaw is refusing to look too far ahead as he settles into the role.

Bradshaw took charge of Ar Tarn for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Wisbech Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division after Ian Walker stepped down as manager.

Ar Tarn then enjoyed a 3-2 win over Deeping Rangers in the preliminary round of the Knockout Cup on Tuesday night and Bradshaw is set to be in the dugout again when they make the tough trip to third-placed Yaxley tomorrow.

Bradshaw was assistant-manager to Walker during his stint as boss at the Waterworks Field and he has refused to rule out the possibility of taking the job on a permanent basis.

“I am just taking things a game at a time for the moment,” Bradshaw said.

“I think the board have got a meeting in the next couple of weeks so I will be in charge again on Saturday and then we will take it from there.

“We will have to see what happens.

“The board need to know what they want and if they want me to do it on a permanent basis then that’s a different chat we will need to have.

“But I also have to thank Ian for what he has done for me and the club. I was as gutted as anyone when he decided to step down.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.

“He is a great guy and one of the most organised people I have ever come across. He will be missed.”

Bradshaw insists “consistency” is now the main aim for Ar Tarn.

He added: “It’s a tough run for us at the moment with the game to come at Yaxley tomorrow.

“But, like Ian said a little while ago, we just need some consistency.”

Rothwell Corinthians are looking forward to welcoming the UCL Premier Division table toppers to Seargents Lawn next week.

Leicester Nirvana are the visitors on Tuesday night and boss Shaun Sparrow said: “They had better be good if they want to come to get anything at Rothwell.

“We don’t give away points at home. We don’t turn up to lose.

“The players believe they are good enough to go toe to toe with Nirvana and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves.

“We don’t fear anyone in this league.”

Tomorrow, Corinthians host Peterborough Northern Star in a re-arranged Northants Hillier Cup first-round tie.

The original match was abandoned last month following an serious injury to Jamie Love.

Sparrow admits he will “try a few different things” this weekend and says he’s hoping for a change of luck following the midweek FA Vase exit at Tring Athletic.

Corinthians were beaten 2-1 and had Aaron Watts sent off in the second half.

Sparrow said: “The game could have gone either way, but not a lot seems to be going our way at the moment.

“We just need a bit of luck.”