County rivals prepare for derby clash

Stewarts & Lloyds take on Rushden & Higham in a Northamptonshire derby clash tomorrow
Stewarts & Lloyds take on Rushden & Higham in a Northamptonshire derby clash tomorrow

Two in-form sides clash at Occupation Road tomorrow as pride and points go up for grabs.

Rushden & Higham - fresh from a 40-5 demolition of West Bridgford in the Senior Vase last weekend - travel to county rivals Stewarts & Lloyds.

Both clubs are enjoying an excellent season with S&L sitting second in Midlands Three East (South) a place ahead of Rushden although they are level on points.

It promises to be a good encounter with neither side taking a backward step.

“It will be a tough game. We know that. Matches between local clubs are always competitive whether you are at the top or the bottom,” S&L manager Gary Mitchell said.

“But there are no secrets about them. There are no surprise people in their side.

“We know what they are about and we will be the same to them.”

Rushden player-coach Stuart Riding added: “If we can pick up anything over there then that will be good.

“I expect it to be a typical derby game and a really tough battle.

“We’ve had one eye on this game for a few weeks, you always do when it’s a local derby.”