Carters Park, Park Road, Holbeach, Lincs PE12 7EE
ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division
Saturday 22nd February 2014
Holbeach United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds
AFC Rushden & Diamonds will hope to end their enforced break by making their final trip of the season to the Fens on Saturday to face Holbeach United in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. The Tigers won the division last season, but did not apply for promotion to Step 4. This will be the first time the two teams have met.
As this will be the first game since the FA Vase disappointment on 11th January, the Diamonds staff will be mindful of the fact that after three earlier big games for their side – against Cambridge City, Dover Athletic and the visit to Spalding United – their team lost the following game, so they will be trying to make sure this does not happen again.
Despite the recent postponements this will be the Diamonds 40th game of the season, meaning they will have played only three less games than they did in the entire 2012-13 season. It is their 24th League game of the season, and with their interest in cup competitions now over, they will be able to “concentrate on the league” having 12 more league games left after this game – see here for details.
Jamal Clarke will be serving the first of his two-game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards.
Details of admission prices and any parking recommendations will be added here when provided by the host club, along with any details of catering arrangements.
Holbeach United FC was formed in 1929, and played in local leagues before joining the UCL after the war. They spent a short period in the Eastern Counties League in the late 1950’s, and a single season in the Midland League before rejoining the UCL in 1962. They have remained in the UCL since, and won the UCL Premier Division title last season, but after they did not apply for promotion the majority of their playing staff left to join other clubs, notably Spalding United and Deeping Rangers.
They are nicknamed the Tigers, and their club website is here and their Twitter feed here. They play in amber shirts and black shorts and their manager is Glen Maddison. They are currently in ninth place in the league, and while the Diamonds have been waiting five weeks for a game they have been able to start three games, although one of them was abandoned mid-way through the match.
Strikers Tommy Treacher and Tom Waumsley have both featured in games against the Diamonds in the past, for Deeping Rangers and Bourne Town respectively.
Due to lack of demand the club is not running a players’ / supporters’ coach to this game.
There is no obvious public transport option for the trip to Holbeach, as it would require getting a bus from Spalding, which itself requires a connection by train or bus from Peterborough.
Player and Match Sponsorship options are detailed in the Commercial Brochure as detailed here.
The fixture list is here, and latest fixture news is here, and specific match status information here, along with the next planned fixture for the various AFC Rushden & Diamonds teams. Don’t forget you can get a regular Diamonds news bulletin delivered to your inbox, including details of all the forthcoming fixtures by signing up to the Club Newsletter – you will see a sign-up box on the right-hand side of the site homepage – just under the EA Sports Logo.
For details of the history of AFC Rushden & Diamonds see here.
The club depends upon volunteer support from its fanbase. If you would like to join the group who help either on matchdays or behind the scenes see here.
A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details (with a map pinpointing all the UCL grounds), along with club links including Twitter details plus some general UCL links is here.
The UCL Handbook, along with links to competition rules is here.