Starmer wants a show in AFC’s biggest game yet

Mark Starmer
Mark Starmer

Mark Starmer is hoping AFC Rushden & Diamonds can put on a show as they prepare for the “biggest game in the club’s history”.

Despite having been through a promotion in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One last season, boss Starmer knows this weekend’s FA Cup second qualifying round clash with Calor League Premier Division high-fliers Cambridge City at the Dog & Duck is the biggest game yet for the fans-owned club which was borne out of the ashes of Rushden & Diamonds.

And he has urged his team to rise to the occasion that is set to be played out in front of a big crowd in Wellingborough.

“Without a doubt, this is the biggest game in the club’s history and we are treating it as such,” Starmer said.

“We are hoping for a big crowd and we really hope that fans from both clubs come out in force and give the game the atmosphere it deserves.

“On our part, we have to make sure we are ready.

“It is an extremely tough game for us but we feel confident on our own ground.

“I am sure everyone will be hoping for a good game and I am sure that will be the case.

“But if the truth be told, I would gladly take a horrible game and a win now!

“Our players will be ready and we will do all we can to pull off an upset.”