Burton Park Wanderers v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday February 16th

Burton Park Wanderers v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Saturday 16th February 2013 – 2:30pm

ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One

Latimer Park, Polwell Lane, Burton Latimer NN15 5PS.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds make the short trip to Burton Latimer on Saturday 16th February when they visit Latimer Park to face Burton Park Wanderers in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One. Note that this game kicks off 30 minutes earlier than normal, at 2:30pm, to allow for the fact there are no floodlights at Latimer Park.

Earlier in the season the two sides drew 1-1 at the Dog & Duck – report here. Since then the Wanderers have struggled in the league, and are currently 19th, several points adrift of the teams above them, but have this week appointed a new manager – Joe Smyth.

With the Diamonds now having played 18 games they have reached the half-way point in the season in that respect, so will be looking to start the second half of the campaign in a positive manner.

Details of any issues with respect to the weather / pitch conditions etc will be here or on Twitter (@AFCRD).

Our Opponents

Burton Park Wanderers are based in Burton Latimer, near Kettering, having originally been formed as Kettering Park Wanderers in 1961, joining the UCL in 1968 and moving to Burton Latimer three years later.

When Park Wanderers visited the Dog and Duck in October they were managed by ex-R&DFC goalkeeper Kevin Fox, but he has been replaced by Joe Smyth at the helm at Latimer Park in the past week, with this being his first game in charge. Last season Diamonds’ Jack Wizniewski played at Latimer Park.

The Wanderers play in blue and black stripes and do not appear to have a current website.

Getting There

For directions for the 6 mile trip from the Dog and Duck to Latimer Park, Polwell Lane, Burton Latimer (NN15 5PS) see here. From either the A509 or the old A6 / Kettering Rd turn onto Station Road and follow until you reach Polwell Lane.

The directions from the League Website are as follows: From the A14 / A6 roundabout take the exit towards Burton Latimer, at Alpro roundabout turn right, then straight over roundabout next to Versalift then right at Morrisons. Follow the round around the top of Morrisons continue until you are past the small Alumasc building on the left. Entrance to ground is next left. Burton Park Wanderers advise they have arranged parking for spectators in the Alumasc car-park, but numbers will be controlled, and they advise fans to also consider the public transport option detailed below, with bus stops within a short walk of the ground.

Those wishing to travel by Public Transport will find buses 49 or 50 from the Rushden / Higham / Irthlingborough area will stop in Burton Latimer en-route to Kettering, with a stop near the ground (the ground is adjacent to Alumasc Corner which is shown on the Stagecoach timetable) – for more details and door-to-door directions see the Traveline website here, or view the Stagecoach timetable here or route map here. Note that the timetables have just changed, so it is worth checking double-checking details with the bus company.

Other Info

Individual player profiles for the squad are available here, with a summary list of player and management profiles here. Summary stats for the season to date are here, including appearance, attendance and goalscoring details. The current league table is here.

There are details on how to become a member of AFC R&D here, as well as information on Multiple Game Tickets and related prices here.

A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details etc, along with club links including Twitter details and some general UCL links is here.