Table topping AFC Rushden & Diamonds travel to Northampton ON Chenecks on Monday for what, on paper, looks like being their toughest game of the season thus far. Diamonds were originally scheduled to face ON Chenecks in their debut NSYL game, but due to a difficult pre-season the Northampton side were given permission to postpone their opening two league fixtures. As a result, they have only played two matches but have won both of them in style, with an 8-1 victory over bottom side Olney Town and, probably even more impressively, a 6-1 win against a decent Woodford United side. With the home team’s free-scoring attack coming up against an excellent Rushden defence, who have conceded just one goal in their opening five games, the match looks like being a case of the unstoppable force versus the immovable object.
ON Chenecks play in white shirts, so AFC R&D will wear their new yellow and black away kit for the first time in a competitive game. Replica shirts, both home and away, are available for purchase; details HERE.
Although the senior ON Chenecks sides play at the Old Northamptonians Sports Ground, the U18s side are currently playing on the astroturf pitch at nearby Northampton School for Boys. Directions from Kiln Park to Northampton School for Boys/Old Northamptonians Sports Ground can be found HERE. These can easily be altered for your home address, simply by entering the relevant postcode in place of the existing one.
ON Chenecks have asked that all supporters park in the Sports Ground car park, as the limited parking at the School is reserved for players and officials only.
Access to the astroturf pitch is via the green gate to the right hand side of the School, near the pedestrian crossing (NOT the entrance to St. Andrews Hospital). Supporters are asked to view the game from the left hand side of the pitch, and refreshments are available from the nearby cricket pavilion.