Diamonds out to halt Spalding’s charge

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are back in league action after exiting the FA Vase to St Andrews last weekend
AFC Rushden & Diamonds are back in league action after exiting the FA Vase to St Andrews last weekend

Mark Starmer has conceded it is a case of “all or nothing” as far as AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title hopes are concerned this weekend.

The second-placed Diamonds take on runaway leaders Spalding United at the Dog & Duck at the weekend, knowing only a win will do as they attempt to close the big gap at the top to 13 points.

Asked if it was a case of ‘all or nothing’ for his team this weekend, the Diamonds boss said: “Yes it is.

“We will have to perform and we will have to be better than we were last week.

“We will move forward and hopefully rebuild it this week.

“They have beaten Cogenhoe two weeks in a row and they have won their big games since we beat them.

“They are the team to beat and if I am honest, they will go on and win the league.

“But all we can do is try to beat them again and try to finish second.

“It would be nice to do the double over them.”

Elsewhere, Desborough are on the road at Holbeach, S&L Corby host Peterborough Northern Star and Wellingborough Town travel to Kempston.

In Division One, Thrapston will head to Rothwell Corinthians in a confident mood with boss Richard Scott hoping their good form can continue.

Thrapston have taken five points from their last three outings and Scott, who is relatively new to the Chancery Lane dugout, is content with his charges’ progression.

He said: “After the first couple of performances and results the players are getting to know each other a lot better and we’ve definitely improved.

“I don’t think we can worry about them (Corinthians) because most sides haven’t played that much and al we can concentrate on is what we’re doing.”

The weekend’s other fixtures see Raunds travel to Buckingham, Rushden & Higham host Eynesbury and Whitworth on home soil to Potton.