FA Vase & UCL Preview – Diamonds aiming to finish the job

Joe Smyth will be aiming to lead Burton Park Wanderers to a fourth win in a row tonight
Joe Smyth will be aiming to lead Burton Park Wanderers to a fourth win in a row tonight

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be looking to finish the job at the Dog & Duck tonight (Tuesday) as they kick off a big week of knockout football.

Mark Starmer’s men take on Spartan South Midlands side AFC Dunstable this evening after the pair could not be separated after 120 minutes of football in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase at the weekend.

Russ Dunkley’s header earned Diamonds tonight’s replay, which will then be followed by an FA Cup first qualifying round trip to Cockfosters on Saturday.

It is also a busy night in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One with virtually a full programme of action.

It has been a tough start to the new season for Rothwell Corinthians and a losing streak saw Ben Watts resign as manager last week.

Lee Ainsworth, Frank Ielapi and Paul Smith took charge for the 1-0 extra-time defeat at Ibstock in the FA Vase on Saturday but they will be hoping to get things right at Seargents Lawn this evening when they host Lutterworth Athletic.

Two unbeaten league records are on the line at Potton as in-form Raunds Town go on the road.

The Shopmates have had a superb start to the campaign and it continued with a 2-0 success over Bugbrooke at the weekend.

Bugbrooke are the visitors for another in-form side, Burton Park Wanderers, tonight. Joe Smyth’s side are on the back of three successive wins with the latest being a 5-0 thrashing of Blackstones at the weekend.

Elsewhere tonight, Thrapston Town take on Peterborough Sports at Chancery Lane after claiming a 2-1 derby success at Whitworth on Saturday while the Flourmen will be looking to end a run of five defeats in a row when they travel to Buckingham Town.