When the Diamonds faced Stratford Town in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central game back in February, Ben Heath became the tenth Diamonds player to reach a notable landmark in both his career and in the history of AFC Rushden & Diamonds making 100 appearances for the club.
Ben follows in the footsteps of Sam Brown, the first Diamonds player to achieve this feat, Matt Gearing, Brad Harris, Matt Finlay, Tom Lorraine, Liam Dolman. Richard Bunting, Jack Ashton and Ben Farrell. He made his Diamonds debut at the start of November 2016 in a dramatic Northern Premier Division One South game at Spalding, having only signed for the club the day before that match.
Ben reached this milestone shortly after his 23rd birthday, and he is goalkeeper who joined the club after a spell at Rugby Town, having also played at Step 4 level for Daventry Town. After the dramatic Diamonds debut he continued to impress when deputising for the club’s regular stopper Matt Finlay during the 2016/17 season. He assumed first-choice keeper status for the 2017-18 season, and had an impressive campaign as the club conceded only 25 league goals and he recorded 22 clean sheets in the 42 league games.
Ben was presented with an award to mark this achievement prior to the home game against Stourbridge. The award was kindly sponsored by P.W. House Jewellers of Rushden. It was presented by Dave Bland of Phoenix Configuration Management Ltd.
You can see Ben’s player profile with details of these games here.
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