Thrapston hope to shine on home league bow

Whitworth manager Steve Sargent who takes his side to Thrapston this evening
Whitworth manager Steve Sargent who takes his side to Thrapston this evening

A fairly remarkable event takes place at Thrapston Town this evening, namely the club’s first home league game of the season.

Despite the United Counties League campaign being two months old - the first games were played on August 18 - Ian Walker’s side, for one reason or another, are yet to stage a Division One fixture at their Chancery Lane home

But that changes tonight (Friday) as, on the back of two straight victories, they welcome fifth-place Whitworth for what Walker thinks will be a decent contest.

He said: “It’s our first league game at home which is a bit strange so I’ve got no idea whether home advantage will come into it!” he said.

“They (Whitworth) have had a good start but we’re playing well and this has all the makings of a very good game.”

For the visitors, joint-manager Steve Sargent is of the same opinion as his counterpart and is expecting a lively encounter.

“We certainly won’t be taking Thrapston lightly, they’re a good side who have had to rebuild after coming down.

“But these games, and the same goes for when we play the likes of Raunds and Burton Park, have a good atmosphere and this should be the same.”

Elsewhere in the division, Rushden & Higham entertain Raunds at Hayden Road and Rothwell Corinthians play host to Olney Town at Seargents Lawn.

In the top flight, Irchester will aim to end a six-match losing streak when they host Long Buckby at Alfred Street.

Boss Colin Ridgway said: “We’re getting better all the time and a few players are starting to come back from injury.

“They (Long Buckby) have had a change of manager and have got a few new players but I’m not worried about them, it’s what we can do that I’m concerned with.”

Desborough are out to make amends for last month’s 2-1 defeat when they travel to Yaxley and Wellingborough Town visit a Cogenhoe outfit who have lost five of their last six league games.