Diamonds’ home games to be staged at Kempston next season

Kempston Rovers' Hillgrounds stadium will be the home of AFC Rushden & Diamonds next season

Kempston Rovers' Hillgrounds stadium will be the home of AFC Rushden & Diamonds next season

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds will play their home games at Kempston Rovers’ Hillgrounds stadium next season.

The deal between the two clubs was agreed to give Diamonds the requisite security of tenure at a ground, which is appropriate to the club’s position in the National League System while Rushden & Higham United’s Hayden Road home is brought up to the required ground grading standard.

Diamonds members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a switch to Hayden Road in February with their deal at their current home at the Dog & Duck in Wellingborough expiring at the end of the current campaign.

But while work is carried out at the Rushden venue, Diamonds will have one season at Kempston, who currently sit in sixth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Diamonds chairman Ralph Burditt said: “Signing this agreement gives our club the stability which it needs to move forwards following a challenging period of time.

“From our first contact with them, Kempston Rovers have been extremely friendly, accommodating and professional and I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing to work with them.

“Hillgrounds is a great place to watch football and we will be proud to call it home during our time there.”

Kempston chairman Russell Shreeves added: “We’re very pleased to have signed this agreement with AFC Rushden & Diamonds and look forward to welcoming them and their supporters to our ground for the forthcoming season.

“We’ve developed an outstanding facility at Hillgrounds and are looking forward to continued success both on and off the pitch for our respective clubs.”

Diamonds’ bid to secure a play-off place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South continues tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Northwich Victoria at the Dog & Duck.