Doughboys and Diamonds ready to do it all again

Wellingborough Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds will do battle again tomorrow after their Boxing Day clash was abandoned due to floodlight failure at the Dog & Duck
Wellingborough Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds will do battle again tomorrow after their Boxing Day clash was abandoned due to floodlight failure at the Dog & Duck

Wellingborough Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds will battle it out again tomorrow (Thursday) and this time both clubs will be hoping the game can finish.

The Boxing Day clash between the teams, who share the Dog & Duck ground, was abandoned after 65 minutes due to floodlight failure, which was caused by a power cut in the local area.

That match, which was Diamonds’ home game, will now have to be replayed but the return fixture kicks off the new year in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

The first game was level at 0-0 when the lights went out, causing frustration on both sides.

But, as tomorrow’s clash is the only game being played in the UCL, it gives Diamonds the chance to extend their lead over Holbeach United to eight points with the Tigers now firmly hot on their heels.

Boss Andy Peaks said: “We have got to take the opportunity to go further ahead.

“I knew Holbeach would be there or thereabouts, they are a good side with players who have done it before.

“We will have to keep on winning games because they won’t drop many points.

“It was frustrating in the first game with Wellingborough. We had most of the play but they probably had the best chance to score.

“It will be another tough game and we will look to get a positive result.”

Doughboys joint-boss Steve Herring said: “I think we were probably a bit more frustrated than them when the lights went out.

“We have confidence in our team, it is the same group of players we have had a few weeks now.

“Hopefully it will be another competive game and we will do all we can to stay in it and see if we can get a good result.”

Diamonds will be back at the Dog & Duck to take on Deeping on Saturday while Wellingborough head to Long Buckby at the weekend.