Diamonds start on the road in new surroundings

Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds will kick-off the new season with a trip to Newcastle Town.

Diamonds will be in the new surroundings of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South for the forthcoming campaign and they will hit the road on the opening day on Saturday, August 13.

That is immediately followed by a home clash with Chasetown on August 16 while they will travel to Carlton Town on August 27 and host Bedworth United at the Dog & Duck on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29.

The fixture list has thrown up a Christmas Eve trip to Chasetown while Stamford will visit the Dog & Duck on Boxing Day with the reverse fixture at Bedworth United completing the festive programme on January 2.

Diamonds’ run-in sees them travel to Stamford on Easter Monday while the regular season will come to a close on Saturday, April 22 with a home clash with Carlton.

Andy Peaks’ side, meanwhile, begin their pre-season programme with the annual Chris Ruff Memorial Cup match at Rushden & Higham United tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS FIXTURES 2016-17

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South

AUGUST

Sat 13: Newcastle Town (a)

Tue 16: Chasetown (h)

Sat 27: Carlton Town (a)

Mon 29: Bedworth United (h)

SEPTEMBER

Sat 10: Gresley (h)

Sat 17: Witton Albion (a)

Tue 20: Rugby Town (a)

Sat 24: Shaw Lane AFC (h)

Tue 27: Romulus (h)

OCTOBER

Sat 1: Leek Town (a)

Sat 15: Sheffield FC (h)

Tue 18: Belper Town (a)

Sat 22: Basford United (h)

NOVEMBER

Tue 1: Spalding United (a)

Sat 5: Stocksbridge Park Steels (a)

Sat 12: Northwich Victoria (h)

Sat 19: Loughborough Dynamo (a)

Sat 26: Market Drayton Town (h)

DECEMBER

Sat 3: Gresley (a)

Tue 6: Rugby Town (h)

Sat 10: Witton Albion (h)

Sat 17: Shaw Lane AFC (a)

Sat 24: Chasetown (a)

Mon 26: Stamford (h)

JANUARY

Mon 2: Bedworth United (a)

Sat 7: Lincoln United (h)

Sat 14: Kidsgrove Athletic (h)

Sat 21: Romulus (a)

Sat 28: Leek Town (h)

FEBRUARY

Sat 4: Sheffield FC (a)

Sat 11: Belper Town (h)

Sat 18: Kidsgrove Athletic (a)

Sat 25: Basford United (a)

Tue 28: Spalding United (h)

MARCH

Sat 4: Stocksbridge Park Steels (h)

Sat 11: Northwich Victoria (a)

Sat 25: Market Drayton Town (a)

APRIL

Sat 1: Loughborough Dynamo (h)

Sat 8: Lincoln United (a)

Sat 15: Newcastle Town (h)

Mon 17: Stamford (a)

Sat 22: Carlton Town (h)