Pre-Season Friendly Preview: AFC Rushden & Diamonds vs Luton Town XI

Diamonds host a Luton Town XI on Friday 29 July (7:00 pm kick-off) as they conclude their 2022/23 pre-season campaign.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £9

Concessions: £6

Under 18s: £2

Tickets can be purchased in advance here or you can pay on-the-gate.

Our visitors

They play at Kenilworth Road and currently ply their trade in the EFL Championship. The Hatters finished 6th in the 2021/22 season in the 24-team division but were beaten 2-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals by Huddersfield Town.

Their manager is Nathan Jones. To find out more about the club, visit their website.

Pre-season so far

Diamonds have played eight pre-season friendlies so far, with an opening draw at Kempston (3-3) being followed by defeats to MK Dons (0-4), Stamford (5-3) and Loughborough Students (1-4). Since then Rushden have been unbeaten, progressing to the next round of the NFA Hillier Cup after defeating Cogenhoe on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Another 1-1 draw was played out in a behind-closed-doors match against a Northampton Town XI, a 3-0 victory followed at Daventry before a further 1-1 draw against National League North side Brackley Town.

Luton have played nine pre-season games so far, winning seven and drawing two (including first-team and development squad matches).

Can’t make the game?

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We will also doing live updates on our Twitter account at Highlights and interviews will be available after the game at

Match preview: Ollie Mortimer