Match Preview: AFC Rushden & Diamonds vs Nuneaton Borough

Diamonds entertain second-placed Nuneaton Borough on Tuesday (11th October, 7:45pm kick-off) as they look to pick up their first home win of the campaign.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £11

Concessions: £8

Students: £8

Under 21s: £6

Under 16s: £2

Tickets can be purchased in advance here, or you can pay at the turnstile.

Our visitors

There has been a team in existence in Nuneaton in one form or another since 1889 but they have experienced being disbanded in 1937 and liquidated in 1991 and 2008 under various names. George Best famously played for them in a 1983 friendly and an incredible 22,114 crammed into former ground Manor Park for an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Rotherham United in 1967.

The current incarnation fought back from demotion to the Southern League Division One on their creation in 2008 to Conference Premier in 2012. They were relegated from the National League North in 2018/2019 and went into the Southern League Central where they were handily placed in 9th when that season was aborted.

They now play at Liberty Way, and the Boro are currently managed by Jimmy Ginnelly. They finished 16th in the league last season (W11 D10 L19 F51 A62).

To find out more about the club, visit their website here.

Last time out

Diamonds lost 0-4 at home to table-toppers Tamworth in the Isuzu FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round, which was their first game since Andy Burgess’ departure and saw Richard Maxwell take charge of the side.

Nuneaton defeated Hinckley Leicester Road 2-0 at Liberty Way to advance to the next round.

The season so far

Nuneaton currently sit 2nd in the Southern League Premier Central table after winning seven, drawing two and losing one. That sole defeat came on the opening day of the season meaning they are unbeaten in nine league games since, though they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 at Alvechurch in the Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round at the start of October.

Diamonds currently sit bottom of the league having lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions.

Meetings between the clubs

Diamonds were unbeaten in three league contests against Nuneaton across the last two seasons until a devastating 0-1 home loss on the final day of last season saw them miss out on the play-offs by goal difference.

In 2019/2020 Diamonds won 2-0 at Hayden Road to make it three wins from three at the start of the season, with Massiah Mcdonald and Sam Johnson the scorers. The return game in January was won in dramatic fashion at Liberty Way with a coolly-converted 89th minute penalty by Ben Farrell.

Can’t make the game?

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