The “Rushden & Higham revolution” is underway!
Boss Dale Brunton takes his side to New Bradwell St Peter for a first qualifying round tie in the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday) having seen them win their last four games.
That’s taken Rushden up to third in the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Division One and with the reserves also unbeaten and the under-18s starting the season well, there’s reason to believe there are good times ahead at Hayden Road.
Brunton said: “We have a new committee and board, new management and a new style of play that we want all the teams from under-sevens and upwards to play.
“We want people to know that whenever they see a team in orange and black, they will try to play good football.
“We are calling it ‘The Rushden Revolution.’”
The first team are setting the standard.
They’ve banged in 11 goals in three league games this season and while Brunton says he would prefer to see his side ship fewer at the other end, he’s happy as long as they are winning.
He said: “We try to be tight at the back but the way we play we are going to leave ourselves a bit open. That’s a risk I’m willing to take it.
“We aren’t going to keep too many clean sheets, but as long as we score one more than the other team, I don’t mind too much.”
Brunton is convinced his side can challenge for promotion this season.
Last season, they finished 13th after taking 12 points from their last six games.
And Brunton said: “I told the lads at the start of the season I want us to be pushing for promotion.
“I thoroughly believe we have the players to do it.
“We’ve already played Potton and Lutterworth, who finished third and fourth last season, and have beaten both of them.
“We underachieved a bit last season. I came to the club in October and it took the lads a while to take in how I wanted them to play.
“We’ve got pretty much the same side (as last season) and we are surprising a few.”
Thrapston Town kick off the local interest in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase tonight (Friday) night when they take on UCL Premier Division side Sileby Rangers at Chancery Lane.
Thrapston were only just edged out 2-1 by Southern League outfit Bedford Town in the FA Cup preliminary round last weekend and are still unbeaten in UCL Division One this season.
Tomorrow, Burton Park Wanderers have home advantage when they face Tring Athletic at Latimer Park while Whitworth entertain Edgeware Town.
Irchester United play their tie against Risborough Rangers at Alfred Street on Sunday (3pm).
Stewarts & Lloyds will be looking to make it six wins out of six in UCL Division One when they take on Olney Town at Occupation Road tomorrow.
Also in league action are Raunds Town as they face Bourne Town at Kiln Park.