Rushden play their first of three games next week when they face Kidderminster at Aggborough tomorrow.
The two teams are just one point apart in the league table, so there will be extra incentive for the players in gaining places. Rushden have had considerably more success than the Harriers of late, winning four of their last six league games. Kiddy, on the other hand, have won twice and lost four. However, they have not had nice opponents of late, facing Exeter, Stevenage, Aldershot and Salisbury in that time bracket.
After extending their undefeated home record to eight games yesterday, Rushden will be hoping to keep up their relatively good away form, too. While they lost to Histon (at Histon) recently, they have also recorded away victories versus Ebbsfleet and Farlsey in recent weeks. They will be up against a Kidderminster defence that has leaked just 2 goals in their last 4 games.
The two sides have a (relatively!) long history stretching back twenty games, and twelve years. Rushden have not lost at Aggborough since 2001, six ties ago. The Diamonds also won the last fixture between the sides, a 3-1 Setanta Shield tie last month. The first game between the clubs was in December 1996, Carl Alford scoring the only Rushden goal in a 1-1 draw.