Diamonds’ first game postponed

AFC Rushden & Diamonds' first game of the season has been postponed
AFC Rushden & Diamonds' first game of the season has been postponed
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ first game of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division season has been postponed.

Andy Peaks’ team were due to take on Sleaford Town at the Dog & Duck on Saturday but the game will now be rescheduled after Sleaford manager Kris Jones was involved in a serious car accident on Monday evening.

A statement from Sleaford confirmed their boss is currently in a “critical condition” and in intensive care and that their request to the league to postpone the game had been agreed to.

The statement said: “Sleaford Town FC regrets to announce that their manager, Kris Jones, is currently in a critical condition in intensive care at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, following a serious road traffic accident on the A1 on Monday evening.

“All the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Kris and his family at this difficult and trying time and we request that their privacy is respected.

“As a result of this situation the club has requested to the league that Saturday’s game against AFC Rushden & Diamonds be postponed, which the league has agreed to.

“Kris’ Assistant Manager, Terry Fleming, has been placed in temporary charge of footballing matters.”

It means Diamonds’ first game of the season will now be at Harborough Town next Tuesday night.