Match Preview: St Ives Town vs AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Diamonds travel to Cambridgeshire as they face St Ives on Bank Holiday Monday (29th August, 3:00 pm kick-off).

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £11

Concessions (Over 65): £8

Military Discount (with ID Card): £5

Students (with ID Card): £5

U16s to 12: £2

U12s: Free (accompanied with an adult)

Our hosts

They play at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road (PE27 6DT) and currently sit 3rd in the table after winning three of their opening five games. Though they lost last time out at nine-man Mickleover 3-2, they have won both of their home matches so far – 5-0 vs Stratford and 2-0 vs Kings Langley.

The Saints are managed by Ricky Marheneike and finished 14th in the league last season (W13 D8 L19 F57 A90).

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

Season so far

Diamonds currently sit bottom of the league after drawing their opening game 0-0 at home to Needham Market, losing 2-1 at league newcomers Basford, experiencing a 1-2 reverse at Hayden Road to Hitchin, being defeated 2-0 at Alvechurch last time out and then drawing 1-1 in an entertaining clash with Ilkeston.

Meetings between the clubs

Diamonds and St Ives have faced each other on ten occasions, with Diamonds emerging victorious five times, three draws and two Saints successes.

The full list of results between the two sides is:

St Ives 2-2 Diamonds (Lorraine, Berwick) – Southern League Division One Central, 11th August 2015

Diamonds 2-0 St Ives (Lorraine, Hoban) – Southern League Division One Central, 16th February 2016

St Ives 2-1 Diamonds (Sandy) – Southern League Division One Central Play-Off Final, 2nd May 2016

Diamonds 0-0 St Ives – Southern Premier Central, 29th September 2018

Diamonds 2-1 St Ives (Lorraine, Bowen) – FA Trophy First Qualifying Round, 27th October 2018

St Ives 0-0 Diamonds – Southern Premier Central, 6th April 2019

Diamonds 1-0 St Ives (Collard) – Southern Premier Central, 26th August 2019

St Ives 3-4 Diamonds (Reynolds, Dolman, Shariff, Kaziboni) – Southern Premier Central, 1st January 2020

Diamonds 4-0 St Ives (Tshikuna x2, Deacon, Akubuine) – Southern Premier Central, 1st January 2022

St Ives 1-0 Diamonds – Southern Premier Central, 18th April 2022

Can’t make the game?

Our Radio Diamonds team will be providing live commentary as the action unfolds – tune in at mixlr.com/radiodiamondsafc. Listeners will be able to message with their comments and thoughts on 07394 309591.

We will also doing live updates on our Twitter account at twitter.com/AFCRD. Interviews will be available after the game at youtube.com/AFCRDTV.

Match preview: Ollie Mortimer