UCL preview - Corinthians boss Clarke looking forward to a big test

Rothwell Corinthians boss Matty Clarke
Rothwell Corinthians boss Matty Clarke

Rothwell Corinthians boss Matty Clarke insists tomorrow’s ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One clash with AFC Rushden & Diamonds can’t be treated as just another game.

Mark Starmer’s Diamonds side have made a big impact so far in their first full season in senior football and currently sit in second place after an unbeaten start.

But Corinthians are also yet to taste defeat in their first three league matches so it all adds up to an intriguing contest at Sergents Lawn.

And Clarke admits the game against Diamonds will be different to others his side play this season.

“I am looking forward to it,” the Corinthians manager said.

“We are in good shape at the moment. We have won three of our last four matches and I have been pleased with the performances we have produced as well as the results.

“At the start of the season, I targeted seven points from the first nine games and that is where we are so I am happy. The lads have worked hard.

“It is obviously a very big game tomorrow.

“Given Rushden’s reputation, where they have come from, the volume of support they have and the level of player in their squad, anyone who says it is just another game when they play them isn’t being honest with themselves.

“I think you have to prepare for this game slightly different to others.

“We will have to perform well to get anything from the game.

“But, at the same time, they are a Division One side and they are there to be shot down. We will give it a good go.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Whitworth will be looking to make it four wins out of four when they take on Harrowby United at London Road while Raunds Town face a tough test at leaders Oadby.

Rushden & Higham travel to Olney Town while Burton Park Wanderers and Thrapston Town will both be searching for their first wins of the season at Bourne and Bugbrooke respectively.

In the Premier Division, Wellingborough Town will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins over Shepshed Dynamo when the two sides meet at the Dog & Duck.

There is a derby at Alfred Street where Irchester United take on Desborough Town after Ar Tarn beat their local rivals in the FA Vase last weekend.

And Stewarts & Lloyds will be looking to keep up their recent good form under Daren Young when they head to Huntingdon.