A few weeks of home sweet home for Athletic

Lutterworth Athletic
Lutterworth Athletic

Lutterworth Athletic are looking to make home advantage count.

Four of their next five games are at home – starting with the visit of early high-fliers Oakham United – and boss Mike English says that gives his side the chance to climb UCL Division One.

Athletic were denied maximum points at Bugbrooke St Michaels by a late equaliser and that leaves them 10th in the table.

English, whose side finished fourth last season, said: “We have to capitalise on this run of home games.

“If we win them all, we will be climbing the table. It’s a great opportunity for us and we have to take it.

“We know we need to start turning draws into wins.

“We dominated the game at Bugbrooke, but couldn’t get the second goal that would have made the game safe.”

Before the match, Athletic were hit by a ‘keeper crisis that led to Josh Rapley going between the posts, but English said: “We didn’t draw the game because of that.

“We drew the game because we didn’t capitalise on the massive amount of possession we had.”

Danny Laywood put Athletic ahead with his first goal of the season before Bugbrooke hit back late on and English knows his side need an improved performance this weekend.

Oakham are third in their debut season in Division One and English said: “We’re going to be up against a buoyant team.

“They are new to the division and winning games.

“We’ve never played Oakham before, but I’m told they are a good attacking side who score goals but ship a few as well.”