Diamonds search for lucky number seven

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer

AFC Rushden & Diamonds could make it seven wins on the bounce when they entertain Long Buckby in the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division.

Mark Starmer’s side’s form has picked up in the last few weeks and they have a big few days ahead with Newport Pagnell visiting the Dog & Duck on Tuesday and Graham St Prims in town in the FA Vase the following weekend.

And Starmer says he is looking forward to it, stating: “The dressing room is really buoyant at the minute and we’re on a good run.

“We need to try to get maximum points from our league games to stay in touch at the top and then we can concentrate on the Vase game which is a big one for the club.”

Wellingborough Town travel to the Sir Halley Stewart Field to face league leaders Spalding and they could become part of league history.

Should the hosts win then they will set a new record for the best start to a top flight campaign but Doughboys boss Craig Adams intends to put a spanner in their works.

He said: “I don’t want them to set a record against us.

“They’ve done superbly this season but we want to put a pin in their bubble and the same will be true when they come to us.”

Elsewher in the division, S&L, who have lost nine in a row in all competitions, host Holbeach at Occupation Road while Desborough are without a game.

In Division One, Whitworth are on the road at bottom side Woodford and Raunds travel to St Neots Saints.

Rushden & Higham make the trip to Lutterworth Athletic, Rothwell Corinthians go to Bourne, Thrapston are at Eynesbury and Irchester entertain Blackstones.

Burton Park Wanderers, who ended Oadby’s unbeaten run in midweek, visit Premier Division outfit Boston Town in the League Cup.