Focus is key as Rushden look to start their winning ways

Rushden & Higham player-coach Stuart Riding in action against Lutterworth

Rushden & Higham player-coach Stuart Riding in action against Lutterworth

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Rushden & Higham are eager to get their season up and running tomorrow when they take on Market Harborough.

The Manor Park side have struggled since being promoted to Midlands Two East (South) for this season and have lost their first three league matches.

But a good win over Earlsdon in the Intermediate Cup has given them some encouragement.

Now player-coach Stuart Riding wants his men to put in a full performance and claim their opening league victory.

“We’ve found it quite tough,” Riding admitted. “We’ve not had the easiest of starts playing Leighton Buzzard – who were head and shoulders above us – and Lutterworth who will both be up there.

“But we thought we should have beaten Leicester Forest.

“However, we have had periods of 15 minutes or so where we have switched off.

“We could possibly get away with that a little at the level below but now we have stepped up you can’t do that.

“Lutterworth beat us in the first 20 minutes. We just didn’t turn up and we need to sort that out quickly.

“It is frustrating because, having come up, you want to start well.

“The important thing is we don’t lose heart – and we won’t.

“We are Rushden lads and Rushden lads stick together through thick and thin.”

Also in Midlands Two, Wellingborough entertain Old Scouts having already positioned themselves nicely in fourth place in the formative table.

Kettering will be hoping to win back-to-back matches for the first time this term when they take on Bugbrooke.

Having collected their second win of the campaign by beating basement side Peterborough last weekend, they will want to build on that when they travel to their county rivals.

Stewarts & Lloyds’ attentions also stay within the confines of Northamptonshire as they entertain Mens Own in Midlands Three East (South).

They have been in fine form and sit at the top of the table after three games while their visitors have just a solitary success to their name.

After a battering against Thorney last week, Corby will hope their squad are back to full health and able to put in a better display at Aylestone Athletic in Midlands Four East (South).

In the same section Oundle head to Westwood for their action tomorrow.