Preview: St Neots Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

St Neots Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Friendly Fixture

Saturday 21st July 2012 – 2pm

Rowley Park Stadium, Kester Way, St Neots. PE19 6SL

AFC Rushden & Diamonds hit the road this weekend, as they make a trip across the border into Cambridgeshire to face St Neots Town on Saturday in another pre-season friendly.

Note that this game kicks off at 2pm (on the main stadium pitch), as it forms part of a double-header fixture, with an U18 game between the two sides kicking off at 4pm (on the 3G pitch).

The Admission Price for this game will be £8 for adults.

Our Opponents

The Saints will be in Southern League Premier this season (non-league step 3), having won the Midland Division last term, but they have undergone a number of changes over the close season, including the departure of manager Dennis Green who had led the club to successive promotions. He has been replaced by Iain Parr, who was formerly on the coaching staff at Peterbrough United.

The club was formed in 1990 after an earlier club had been disbanded two years earlier. After spending ten years in the United Counties League, and having moved to their purpose-built ground on the new Love’s Farm estate they appointed Dennis Green as their manager. They then pipped King’s Lynn to the UCL Premier title in 2010-11, and last season they won the Southern League Midland title at their first attempt.

Ex-Diamonds Chris Hope and Lewis Hilliard featured for the title-winning Saints last season.

The Saints club colours are light and dark blue.

Travel / Facilities

St Neots Town play at Rowley Park Stadium,Kester Way, St Neots. PE19 6SL about 25 miles from the Dog and Duck – directions here. Many Diamonds fans will have already visited Rowley Park as the Saints were very supportive last season, but those that visit the impressive modern stadium will find it sited on the new Love’s Farm housing estate – note that this is on the Cambridge side of the railway line, with some SatNavs directing travellers to the railway station entrance, on the other side of the tracks.

Those who wish to use public transport to get to the game can consider an option to use the X5 Oxford to Cambridge bus which stops near the ground (railway station stop) after travelling to Bedford on a local bus such as the Stagecoach 50.

The club has its own car park at the ground, with an overflow area available should that be necessary. The ground has a modern club-house with a seated grandstand on one side of the pitch, plus covered standing areas at either end of the ground.

Other Info

The full list of friendly games is here. Player profiles for the squad will be available here, and a full squad list is here.

For details of the history of AFC Rushden & Diamonds see here.

There are details on how to become a member of AFC R&D here, as well as news on Season Tickets and related prices here.

A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details etc, along with club links including Twitter details and some general UCL links is here.

 

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