Smyth wants to reward Burton Park faithful with Junior Cup final day out

Burton Park Wanderers boss Joe Smyth
Burton Park Wanderers boss Joe Smyth

Burton Park Wanderers manager Joe Smyth is approaching the NFA Junior Cup semi-final at ON Chenecks with the aim of giving everyone at the club a ‘day in the sun.’

Burton make the trip to Billing Road this weekend looking to book a place in the final at Sixfields against Northants Combination outfit Brixworth All Saints.

A 4-2 defeat of Stanion Redstar in the quarter-finals on the artificial surface at the Buccleuch Academy got Smyth’s charges this far and the manager believes they have nothing to fear.

He said: “If we play the way we can then we have every chance. We’re both Division One sides so there will be no surprises and if we get a bit of luck on the day then we can get a result.

“It’s a cup tie and a one-off and it will come down to who puts a shift in.”

Smyth ackowledged the efforts of his players in the previous round and says that nothing can change if they are to get the better of a Chenecks outfit who are having a productive campaign.

He continued: “It was an excellent result against Stanion and the best team definitely won on the day.

“We kept the ball well and adjusted well to the windy conditions and we’ll have to do the same on Saturday.

“They (Chenecks) are flying in the league and are competing up near the top of the table.

“They’ve got the best side they’ve had there for a number of years, I know their manager Graham Cottle and he’s put together a compact and organised side who are very difficult to beat, especially on their own ground.

“We drew with them in the league at our place and I’ve watched them play and I know that we’ll need to be at our best.”

The chance to have an evening at Northampton Town’s home is one that doesn’t come around all that often and Smyth hopes that all those who dedicate their time to the Latimer Park club will be rewarded.

He continued: “Burton have been nowhere near this stage for a while and it’s testament to how well the lads have done.

“It’s a terrific club and to get to the final would be a really big thing.

“I just want to give everyone involved at the club their day out in the sun.”

In the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division, struggling S&L Corby have a tricky afternoon in store as they host runaway leaders Spalding.

Desborough host Sleaford and AFC Rushden & Diamonds travel to Holbeach.

Wellingborough Town are on the road at Lutterworth Athletic in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

In Division One, Irchester, who lost 9-0 to Oadby at the start of the month, face the same opposition at Alfred Street.

Raunds entertain Rushden & Higham at Kiln Park, Thrapston face Rothwell Corinthians at Chancery Lane and Whitworth welcome Buckingham to London Road.