Mann confident of a Lankies success

Aidy Mann
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Aidy Mann is confident Rushden & Higham United can cap their season by winning the NFA Junior Cup tonight (Monday).

The Lankies take on Cogenhoe United Reserves at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium this evening (7.30pm) having enjoyed a reasonable campaign in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

Mann’s team finished the season in eighth place but have had their eye on tonight’s clash for a number of weeks.

And the manager said: “I was glad when the league season finished because all our focus can now be on this one game.

“To be honest, we have been thinking about it and planning for it for a while now and we want to finish the season on a high by winning a trophy.

“This club has come a long way in the last three years and that is down to the staff we have here and the players who have come in and performed well.

“We don’t pay out any money, the lads are playing here because they want to and we have had a good season. Now we want to make it a great one.

“We have watched Cogenhoe four times so we know what to expect, although it is always a bit tricky when it is a reserve team you are up against.

“They are a decent side but we are still confident that if we perform to our best then we will have a great chance of winning the game.”

Mann, meanwhile, says he is “devastated” for Craig Lawman who will miss the game due to suspension while he is hopeful Lewis Odell and Ryan Kalla will recover from injuries in time.

The Lankies boss added: “I feel really sorry for Craig because he has been a good player for us and the red card he got during the league season was a harsh one.

“We have scored a lot of goals through him and he deserved the chance to play in this game. It is devastating for him.”