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Heroes of local youth football are honoured

The Weetabix Youth League celebrated the best of local youth football in north Northamptonshire at a successful awards evening.

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Corby Town's Steel Park will host some good friendlies this summer

Poppies, Diamonds and Steelmen confirm pre-season schedules

Kettering Town, AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Corby Town have confirmed their pre-season schedules for this summer.

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Elliot Sandy has signed for Corby Town

Steelmen snap up Sandy while Kennedy stays on

Corby Town have confirmed one of the major signings of the summer after striker Elliot Sandy joined the club.

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Ashley Robinson will have a role to play from the dugout as well as the pitch next season after he was named the new player/assistant-manager at Corby Town

Early work pleases Corby boss Kinniburgh

Steve Kinniburgh is happy with the early work he has put in this summer as he gears up for his first full season in charge of Corby Town.

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Steve Kinniburgh has made his first two signings of the summer

Steelmen snap up Smith and Francis

Corby Town have announced their first two new signings of the summer.

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Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds met in two cup competitions last season but will be in the same league as each other in the next campaign

Law and Peaks relishing derby clashes

Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds are set to collide in the league next season.

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Sam Warburton has committed to another season at Corby Town

Kinniburgh begins his building work at Corby

Corby Town manager Steve Kinniburgh has begun his preparations for next season.

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Respective captains Liam Dolman and Brett Solkhon will be going head-to-head next season after AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town were both placed in the Southern League Central for the 2018-19 campaign. Picture by Peter Short

Poppies and Diamonds to collide in the league next season

Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds will collide in league fixtures for the first time next season.

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It was a campaign to remember for the promotion-winning AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad

REVIEW OF THE SEASON: Diamonds take that next step forward

It was a case of third time lucky for Andy Peaks and AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
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Corby Towns 3-1 win over Spalding United, in which Phil Trainer hit the third goal, was one of the high points of their Evo-Stik League South season

REVIEW OF THE SEASON: Kinniburgh offers hope after Corby's up and down campaign

A season of ups and downs would certainly be the best way to describe Corby Town’s 2017-18 campaign.
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Captain Liam Dolman enjoyed another excellent season as he led AFC Rushden & Diamonds to promotion after two seasons of play-off heartbreak

Dolman led the charge in Diamonds' huge defensive effort

Jon Dunham’s unofficial AFC Rushden & Diamonds player of the year – Liam Dolman.
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Jordon Crawford, pictured celebrating one of his goals with Sam Warburton, was one of the stars of Corby Towns season

Young Crawford was the shining light for Steelmen

Jon Dunham’s unofficial Corby Town player of the year – Jordon Crawford
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Captain Liam Dolman and boss Andy Peaks pictured following AFC Rushden & Diamonds' final game of their promotion-winning campaign. Picture by Alison Bagley

Peaks to meet with Diamonds board as thoughts turn to a higher level

Andy Peaks is set to meet with the AFC Rushden & Diamonds board next week as the club prepares for life at Step Three next season.

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The AFC Rushden & Diamonds players celebrate promotion in style after they rounded off a fine season with a 1-0 victory over Ashford Town (Middx) at Hayden Road. Pictures by Alison Bagley

A happy ending but no title for promoted Diamonds

Andy Peaks was delighted to see AFC Rushden & Diamonds finish their season on a winning note - even if it wasn’t quite enough to clinch the title.

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Kinniburgh looks to the future as Corby's season ends in defeat

Steve Kinniburgh was keen to look to the future after Corby Town’s Evo-Stik League South season ended with a 2-0 defeat at Peterborough Sports.

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Ben Farrell grabbed the only goal of the game as AFC Rushden & Diamonds ended their fine season with a 1-0 win over Ashford Town (Middx)

SATURDAY SPORT: Diamonds denied the title as Steelmen finish with a defeat

AFC Rushden & Diamonds rounded off a promotion-winning campaign with a fifth victory in a row but they were denied a title part at Hayden Road.

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The Corby Town players celebrate Phil Trainers goal which completed their incredible fightback from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Market Drayton Town in their final home game of the season. Picture by David Tilley

Kinniburgh wants Corby to finish on a high note

There may be little at stake for Corby Town and Peterborough Sports on the final day of the season but Steve Kinniburgh insists his team won’t be going it half-hearted.

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The AFC Rushden & Diamonds players celebrate promotion on the Hayden Road pitch after their 7-1 victory over Aylesbury FC on Tuesday night. Picture by Alison Bagley

Vice-chairman Ward holds back the tears after Diamonds' promotion

There was a tear in the eye of AFC Rushden & Diamonds vice-chairman Jon Ward as he reflected on a tumultuous night at Hayden Road on Tuesday.

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IN PICTURES: It’s celebration night as Diamonds seal promotion

AFC Rushden & Diamonds made sure their excellent season brought reward last night as they secured promotion from Evo-Stik South League East.

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Andy Peaks is held aloft after AFC Rushden & Diamonds' promotion from the Evo-Stik South League East was confirmed last night. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Peaks hails 'fantastic' players as Diamonds seal promotion

Andy Peaks hailed his “absolutely fantastic” AFC Rushden & Diamonds players after they secured the club’s third promotion in six years at Hayden Road last night (Tuesday).

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