Tough opener for new Burton boss Smyth

Joe Smyth has taken over from Kevin Fox as manager of Burton Park Wanderers
Joe Smyth has taken over from Kevin Fox as manager of Burton Park Wanderers

Joe Smyth faces an unenviable task on his bow as the new manager of Burton Park Wanderers.

Smyth, who was appointed in the week, sees his new charges come up against promotion-chasing AFC Rushden & Diamonds in Division One.

The situation the former Whitworth and Thrapston boss has inherited is far from a rosy one - just five points from 16 games - but he is expecting to do well.

He said: “I’ve got plenty of knowledge of this league and I’ve done well at the clubs I’ve been at.

“My teams will always put a good shift in and that starts this weekend. I’m confident that we’ll start to move up the table.

“They’ll be expecting to pick up three points but we’ll definitely put a fight up.

“Initially we have to improve and then next season we can look to really kick on.”

Smyth replaces Kevin Fox in the dugout and the club paid tribute to the latter, saying: Firstly we would like to say how sad we were that Kev’s reign has come to an end as since he joined us in 2009 we have achieved some amazing stuff.

Burton Park Wanderers consisted solely of a first team and U18’s playing at Rothwell Town but since then with Kev involved in every step we have merged with Burton Youth forming a 13-step club, achieved Chartered Standard status and secured the lease on our own home ground at Burton Park.

“Kev has become not only a friend to all at the club but also an ambassador for our ethos of family orientated community football and we would love for Kev to remain with us as we strive for more.”

There is a local derby at Chancery Lane where Thrapston take on Raunds.

The Shopmates secured a critable draw at Eynesbury in midweek, the same opposition who beat Thrapston 4-1 last weekend.

Elsewhere, Whitworth make the trip to Thrapston’s conquerers, Rushden & Higham travel to Kingsthorpe Mill to face Northampton Spencer and Rothwell Corinthians host ON Chenecks.

Wellingborough Town go in search of their fourth consecutive Premier Division victory as they make the journey into Leicestershire to face Quorn and their boss Craig Adams has praised his charges’ attitude.

He said: “The lads have been a credit to themselves and their graft has deserved the rewards they’re getting.

“We’re taking small steps forward and if we can show improvement each week then we will keep going forward.”

Also in the top flight, Bottom club Irchester travel to Blackstones and there is a local derby at Occupation Road where S&L Corby entertain Desborough.