Mann proud of Lankies’ cup success

Rushden & Higham celebrate after winning the NFA Junior Cup
Rushden & Higham celebrate after winning the NFA Junior Cup

Rushden & Higham boss Aidy Mann believes that his side’s NFA Junior Cup success was well deserved.

The Lankies, with second half goals from Jory Mann and Craig Harrower, secured a 2-0 success against Cogenhoe United Reserves in what was a decent advertisement for the recreational game in the county.

And Mann said that his side’s performance, especially after the break when they dominated both possession and chances, was good to watch.

“I thought in the first half we were awful, maybe it it was the occasion I don’t know,” he commented.

“But we had a word at half-time and were a lot, lot better in the second half. The first goal settled us down a little bit and we were more than comfortable in the end.

“Full credit to Cogenhoe because when you think of the teams that are in the competition at the start, it takes a good effort to get this far and that goes for us as well.”

The contest provided a match-up of contrasting styles with Rushden prepared to use the ball more effectively and Cogenhoe preferring a direct approach and Mann thought that his method would prevail if everything went to plan.

He added: “I thought that if we turned up, with the quality that we’ve got, then we’d be okay and in the second half especially I thought we were very good.

“Their gameplan was to work hard and close us down and stop us playing.

“In the first half we didn’t get hold of the ball but the longer the game went on, people slow down and we started to pass the ball a lot better.”