Diamonds confirm their pre-season schedule

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be gearing up for another season in the Southern League Premier Central

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 9:15 am
AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate after their Jaymann Shield success over Kettering Town. Picture by Finbarr Carroll

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have confirmed their full pre-season friendly schedule for this summer.

Diamonds will be preparing for another season in the Southern League Premier Central, which gets under way on Saturday, August 14.

The pre-season schedule sees Diamonds competing in the Harry Robinson Trophy, which has been organised by Kempston Rovers.

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And Andy Peaks’ team will also play their annual Dale Roberts Memorial Cup and Chris Ruff Cup matches as part of the build up.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds pre-season friendlies 2021

July

Saturday 4: Eynesbury Rovers (a, Harry Robinson Trophy, 3pm).

Tuesday 6: Kempston Rovers (a, Harry Robinson Trophy, 7.45pm).

Saturday 10: Cambridge City (h, Harry Robinson Trophy, 3pm).

Tuesday 13: Stamford (a, 7.45pm).

Saturday 17: Harry Robinson Trophy Finals Day (at Kempston Rovers).

Wednesday 21: Northampton Town XI (h, 7.45pm).

Saturday 24: Rushden & Higham United (h, Chris Ruff Cup, 3pm).

Tuesday 27: Dunstable Town (a, 7.45pm).

Saturday 31: Daventry Town (h, Dale Roberts Memorial Cup, 3pm).

August

Tuesday 3: Barton Rovers (a, 7.45pm).

Saturday 7: Thame United (a, 3pm).

Will Jones was the hat-trick hero for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they defeated Kettering Town 3-1 to lift the Northants Senior Youth League’s Jaymann Shield.

Having won the Knockout Cup, the young Poppies were aiming to make it a quickfire double of silverware but Diamonds and man-of-the-match Jones had other ideas.

The striker, who has been part of the Diamonds’ first-team squad before, struck twice in the first half to put his team in control at Wellingborough Town’s Dog & Duck ground.

George Herbert scored to give Kettering a lifeline early in the second half but Jones completed a memorable night for him and his team as he completed the scoring and his hat-trick.