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Name
Evan Empochontsif
Nationality
engEngland
Position
Defender
Joined
05/07/2022
Current Club
The Diamonds
Previous Club(s)
Middlesbrough, Walthamstow, Newbury Forest, Canvey Island, Hullbridge Sports, Woodford Town
Leagues/Competitions
Southern League Premier Division Central, Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup, Pre-Season Friendlies
Age
0

05/07/22: First Team Manager Andy Burgess supported by available Team Building Lottery funds has stepped up preparations this week with three more players signing on for the 2022/23 season. Evangelos-Nikalaos Empochontsif is a 21-year-old, left-sided centre back who signs from Canvey Island and has recently moved to the area to attend Northampton University. His previous clubs include Woodford Town, Walthamstow, Newbury Forest and Hullbridge Sports and in 2019 he went on trial at Middlesbrough. Andy Burgess: “Evan came on our radar in the summer through our network of contacts in the London area and we were made aware he is moving to the area to attend Northampton University. We’ve seen through pre-season he’s got great presence, is an excellent defender and is comfortable and efficient in possession. His pedigree, having played lots of senior football and having trialed at a Championship club, speaks for itself, and he is another player we want to work with and develop as we move forward.”

30/07/22: We are pleased to confirm that Evangelos-Nikalaos Empochontsif has signed a contract for the 2022/23 Southern League season after having impressed in pre-season for the Club.

Andy Burgess commented: “Evan has shown throughout pre-season that he has lots of fantastic attributes as a left-sided central defender. He’s come in and worked very hard, is a humble and polite lad and someone we feel we can work with to develop him further.

He still has lots to learn and Chris Willmott will be very beneficial for him – as a former Premier League centre back, Chris has so much experience and knowledge to pass on and he has already done lots of good work with all our young defenders.

We feel it’s important to show a commitment to our young players and we’ve done just that with Evan. He’s the type we want to attract and work with and I’m delighted we’ve agreed a deal for him to sign a contract with us.”

Southern League Premier Division Central

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearances
2022/23The Diamonds15014
Total-15014

Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearances
Total-

Pre-Season Friendlies

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearances
PSF 2022/23The Diamonds0006
Total-0006

Diamonds Total

SeasonGoalsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearances
2022/2315017
PSF 2022/230006
Total15023

Results

(22)
0 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Alvechurch

Match Sponsor: Café Bangla
Attendance: 272
Man of the Match: Conor Tee (nominated by Café Bangla)
Captain: Hamilton Bunga
(21)
3 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Dales Lane

Rushall Olympic v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 313
Man of the Match: Peter Abimbola
Captain: Hamilton Bunga
(20)
2 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Top Field

Hitchin Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 240
Man of the Match: Andy Kanga
Captain: Dean Snedker
(18)
2 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Garden Walk

Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 345
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(17)
4 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Kings Langley

Attendance: 298
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(7 (re-arranged))
1 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Bromsgrove Sporting

Attendance: 320
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(15)
5 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
The Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium

Leiston v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 180
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(13)
0 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Redditch United

Attendance: 361
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(Friendly)
2 - 1
In-Season Friendly
2022/23
Zeeco Stadium

Stamford AFC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

(8)
2 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
The Arden Garages Stadium

Stratford Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 344
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(First Round Qualifying)
2 - 1
FA Cup
2022/23
The R & D Advisors UK Stadium

Enfield FC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 276
Man of the Match: Nathan Hicks
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(6)
3 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Quattro-Tech Westwood Road

St Ives Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 423
Man of the Match: Conor Tee
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(5)
1 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Ilkeston Town

Attendance: 362
Man of the Match: Dean Snedker
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(4)
2 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Lye Meadow

Alvechurch v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 350
Man of the Match: Eniola Agemoh-Davies
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(3)
1 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Hitchin Town

Attendance: 361
Man of the Match: Conor Tee
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(2)
2 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Greenwich Avenue

Basford United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 261
Man of the Match: Patrick Casey
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(1)
0 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Needham Market

Attendance: 388
Man of the Match: Dean Snedker
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(Pre-Season Friendly)
0 - 6
Pre-Season Friendlies
PSF 2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Luton Town XI

Attendance: 325
(Pre-Season Friendly)
1 - 1
Pre-Season Friendlies
PSF 2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Brackley Town

Attendance: 238
(Pre-Season Friendly)
0 - 3
Pre-Season Friendlies
PSF 2022/23
Elderstubbs

Daventry Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

(1st Round - Diamonds win 6-5 on penalties. Club subsequently removed from HSC.)
1 - 1
Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup
2022/23
Compton Park

Cogenhoe United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 152
(Pre-Season Friendly)
1 - 4
Pre-Season Friendlies
PSF 2022/23
Moulton College

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Loughborough Students

Attendance: Behind Closed Doors
Man of the Match: Connor Furlong
Captain: Ryan Hughes
(Pre-Season Friendly)
5 - 3
Pre-Season Friendlies
PSF 2022/23
Borderville Sports Centre

Stamford AFC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 229
Captain: Dean Snedker
(Pre-Season Friendly)
0 - 4
Pre-Season Friendlies
PSF 2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v MK Dons

Attendance: 862
Man of the Match: Connor Furlong
Captain: Patrick Casey

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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