A finish with flourish is what clubs are seeking to hit their marks

Nick Pollard
Nick Pollard

Harborough Town manager Nick Pollard has urged his team to finish the season in style this weekend when they play at home to Northampton Spencer.

A midweek success over Oadby Town keeps the Bees in with a chance of a top-10 place in the UCL Premier Division.

And Pollard wants his players to go out and grab it.

“Before the game on Tuesday I encouraged the players to finish with a flourish,” he said.

“And I was delighted with the way they played.

“You would have thought we were the side in relegation danger because they chased everything down all night.

“Now we get the chance to sign off at home and seal a top-half finish.

“We need to win and results go our way but 10th would be an excellent effort when you consider this is a club that has been fighting relegation for the last few seasons.

“Whatever happens it has been a superb achievement and I’m really pleased for the lads, myself and everyone at the club.

“If we can get a win that would take us to 60 points which is double what we achieved last year.

“It shows the great progress we have made.”

It is a similar story at Lutterworth Athletic.

They conclude their season with a home game against third-placed Stewarts & Lloyds.

And Athletic boss Mike English is asking for a win despite their opponents’ lofty position.

“We’ll certainly be going all out for three points and won’t be anything less than optimistic just because of their position in the league.

“They are very beatable. There is very little between the sides in this division with the exception of Peterborough Sports.

“They have two or three dangerous players who can win a game for you – but then so have we.

“I don’t look at the table because all the teams can beat each other.

“That said, I would never underestimate them and we’ll take this final game very seriously.

“A lot of people will only look back as far as your last game and in many ways you’re only as good as that game.

“So we want to go into the summer remembering a good finish.

“We set our stall out a few weeks ago to finish with 50 points and a win would take us past that.

“After a dour start to the season we can finish with a flourish.”

Medbourne also bring an end to their Northants Combination campaign on Saturday when they entertain Burton United.

They go into the final match on the back of a 1-0 win over Wollaston courtesy of Adam Dalby’s goal.

The result – which came thanks to a fine defensive performance – saw Medbourne leapfrog their opponents and secure a third-place finish this season.