Local Derby

Rothwell vs Harborough
2017-12-15
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Isaac Tozer

This weekend see’s 8th place Rothwell Corinthians host 6th place Harborough Town in what promises to be an intriguing local derby. We spoke to both managers to get their thoughts heading into the game.

 

 

UCL: Home game against Harborough this weekend, how are you feeling going into this game on recent form, having won your last 2 home games against Deeping and Boston and also managing to earn a point away at 2nd place Holbeach?

Shaun Sparrow: I think we’ve got to be happy. It’s an interesting part of the season, you’ve got to expect a few surprises. With the form we’re in I think we can mix it with anyone, but Harborough are in some good form themselves. It promises to be a great game, it’s a local derby, we’re fearing nobody right now, but anything can happen.

 

UCL: Last time you played Harborough you won 1-0 away from home thanks to an 89th minute winner from Jordan Henson, will you set up differently after last time?

Shaun Sparrow: Slightly different to last time, that game was early in the season, so a few things have changed since then. Our selection will be based on player fitness and who’s performing well, but we’ll be setting up to win the game and won’t change our game because of our opposition.

 

UCL: You currently sit 12 points behind top place Newport Pagnell, what is your aim for the end of the season?

Shaun Sparrow: Good question, don’t know. We’re always attempting to improve, I think we’ll be disappointed if we don’t achieve our highest ever league finished. We want to be competitive and stay involved, its not all about trophies. We’re progressing year on year which can only be a positive. We can play against anyone and cause problems, but whether we can do it consistently is the key thing, in such a competitive league.

 

UCL: What are you expecting from Harborough this weekend, and what do you think it will take to beat them?

Shaun Sparrow: I know them very well, they brought in a few new players last month, their always competitive and they have players that can cause problems. It’s a local derby, so I think to some extent form goes out the window. We have to stick to our game plan and execute it.

 

We also spoke to Harborough Town boss Stuart Spencer ahead of this weekend’s local derby.

 

UCL: Away game against Rothwell this weekend, how are you feeling ahead of this game, having won your last 7 away games in the league including a 1-0 win against 1st place Newport Pagnell Town?

Stuart Spencer: I think our away form is better than our home form, I think we have the joint best away record in the league. It’s a big local derby, it’ll be a tough game as their in good form, they’ve beat Deeping and Boston recently, so it should be a good game, we owe them 1 after last time.

 

UCL: As you mentioned, last time round you lost 1-0 at home thanks to an 89th minute goal, will you change your approach after last time?

Stuart Spencer: Will be set up differently, we’ll have a different formation, we’ll make a few tweaks. I think it all comes down to who plays better on the day and who wants it more. I’m expecting lots of blood and thunder.

 

UCL: You currently sit 11 points behind top place Newport Pagnell, what is your aim for the end of the season?

Stuart Spencer: I don’t think we’ll put up a title challenge, not being negative, but our aim is to break the top 6, so we’re just about on target. We can’t get carried away, we fell away at this point last year and we don’t want that to happen again.

 

UCL: What are you expecting from Rothwell this weekend, and what do you think it will take to beat them?

Stuart Spencer: They’ve got a stable squad, with 1 or 2 danger men, they’ve got a prolific goal scorer in Jordan Henson, defensively their very sound, with 2 or 3 solid centre halves’, they wont be to break down at their place; it’s always a tight game. It’s a big local derby, so hopefully we’ll get a decent crowd. I don’t want to give too much away, but it should be a great game.

 

 

For anyone wanting to attend this fixture the details are below.

For anyone wanting to attend this fixture the details are below.

 

15:00 Kick Off

16th December 2017

Premier Division

Seargents Lawn

Desborough Road, Rothwell

Directions: A14 to Rothwell. Take B669 towards Desborough. Ground on right at rear of cricket field opposite last houses on the left. Parking on verge or in adjacent field if gate open. Access to ground via footpath. A14 to Rothwell. Take B669 towards Desborough. Ground on right at rear of cricket field opposite last houses on the left. Parking on verge or in adjacent field if gate open. Access to ground via footpath.

Match Officials:
Luke Scott
Nathan Joshi
Christopher Coles


Match Officials:
Luke Scott
Nathan Joshi
Christopher Coles

 

 

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