Diamonds out to make amends against Boston

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer

Mark Starmer says his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side intend to forge a reversal of recent events when Boston Town visit the Dog & Duck.

The Diamonds suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat in Lincolnshire four days before Christmas but as is the way with sporting fixture lists, a chance to put things right often comes around in next to no time.

So come three o’clock on Saturday afternoon, three weeks after their first encounter, that opportunity presents itself to the Premier Division high-fliers and Starmer, the manager of the month for December, doesn’t want it to go to waste.

He said: “We’re looking to reverse what happened over there, we had a couple of good results over Christmas and a week off last week and we want to continue with another positive result.

“They won’t do anything different to last time, they’re an improving side who will make it difficult and it’s up to us to deal with that.”

Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams expects a rise in standards as he takes his men to Long Buckby.

He commented: “Our standards have dropped a touch and we need to get a bit more intensity in our game. It’s my job to rectify that and the lads know how I feel so we’ll be ready.

“We want to be a top-six club and we’re not there at the minute. We’ve certainly got stuff to play for.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, S&L Corby visit Sleaford and Desborough host Wisbech.

In Division One, the pick of the fixtures is a local derby between Rushden & Higham and Raunds at Hayden Road.

The two protagonists have similar records and Rushden manager Aidy Mann expects a good encounter.

He said: “Raunds are a decent side and after struggling a bit last year they’ve been going well.

“Obviously there is pride at stake and it will be a typical local derby.

“If I can put out the side I want then we’ll definitely give them a good game.”

The other fixtures in the division see Thrapston visit Bugbrooke St Michaels, Irchester entertain Eynesbury, Rothwell Corinthians host Olney and Whitworth welcome Bourne.

Burton Park Wanderers are without a game.