Mann not happy with fixture schedule

Rushden & Higham boss Aidy Mann
Rushden & Higham boss Aidy Mann

Rushden & Higham manager Aidy Mann believes the fixture list in Division One of the UCL needs to be looked at.

The Lankies endured a 100-mile round trip to Harrowby on Tuesday night and could only muster a bare XI for the fixture, one of whom was Mann, and he thinks a change is due.

He said: “Whoever does the fixtures is crazy and the fact that I had to play a full game sums it up really.

“it doesn’t seem right when we could go to Sileby which is 15 minutes away and leave the longer journeys for a Saturday afternoon.

“We’re not going to win the league but if I was challenging for it I wouldn’t be happy at all.”

Talking of Sileby, they provide the opposition for Rushden this weekend.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will have one eye on next Tuesday as they host neighbours Whitworth.

Mark Starmer’s side entertain Sileby next week in what is shapiong as a pivotal clash in the battle for the top spot.

Thrapston, 1-0 victors over Wootton Blue Cross in midweek, are at home to Buckingham and Raunds take on Rothwell Corinthians.

In the Premier Division, Desborough will go in search of a first win in six as they visit leaders Holbeach and boss Steve Walker still has a top half finish in his sights.

“We’re obviously expecting a difficult game and the emphasis will be on them to win as they’re at home,” he commented.

“But we just need to get a win from somewhere to meet our aim which was to secure a top-10 finish.”

S&L Corby, without a win in four, are only two points out of the relegation places as they visit Boston Town and Irchester, 19 points from safety with nine games left, host Shepshed Dynamo.