Revenge on the cards for Harborough over Christmas

Harborough Town manager Nick Pollard
Harborough Town manager Nick Pollard

All Harborough Town want for Christmas is revenge.

On Boxing Day, Oadby Town make the short trip to Bowdens Park for a UCL Premier Division clash.

The match gives the Bees the chance to avenge their FA Cup exit earlier this season.

The Poachers were 2-0 winners at Harborough in a preliminary round tie in August, but in the league, they have struggled.

Oadby are currently only one point above the bottom two places – despite a 4-0 win over Huntingdon Town last weekend.

The Bees were beaten by a late Newport Pagnell Town goal last time out, although boss Nick Pollard said his side were ‘exceptional’.

He added: “We can take a lot of positives from the game. That was a good Newport Pagnell team and we held our own with them. We forced 14 corners in the first half and caused them a lot of problems.

“I really was gutted that we lost. We didn’t deserve that.”

Pollard says his players need to produce a similar performance against Oadby.

“We can’t up our game for teams in the top six, then drop down a level for teams nearer the bottom,” he added.

“Oadby are near the bottom, but they had a good win last weekend and, as we know, league positions mean nothing in local derbies.

“It all comes down to who wants it the most.”

Town are also in action at Kirby Muxloe on Monday.

In Division One, Lutterworth Athletic welcome Long Buckby to Hall Park on Boxing Day, then head to Burton Park Wanderers two days later.

Boss Mike English hopes striker Danny Laywood will be fit after he missed last week’s 3-2 home reverse to Olney Town.

Athletic were 2-0 up through goals from Adam Bolley and Jack Sutherland and when Olney were reduced to 10 men with the score 2-1, the points seemed safe.

But Olney snatched victory to leave English ‘very, very disappointed’.

He said: “We switched off after they went down to 10 men. We thought the match was won. We were well in control and we ended up losing.”