Rushden play Forest Green Rovers on Saturday with the league, for both teams, ultimately over. Despite being play-off contenders for a large part of the season, FGR have fallen away from the pack of late, and are currently 7 points off 5th. Rushden will be looking to end an un-victorious run now extending to 6 games.
(Above: Rushden fans singing after the full-time whistle at the side’s earlier meeting this seasoon. The game, ending 2-1 to FGR, was sealed thansk to two Mark Beesley goals, something the player mirrored for Cambridge earlier this week)
FGR have drawn their last two games 1-1, with struggling Halifax and Northwich, ultimately ending their play-off hopes.
Rushden will be playing at The New Lawn (above) for just the second time. Rovers moved their at the start of last term, with the first game held there against Rushden ending with a 2-0 win to the Diamonds. Rushden have enjoyed the majority of the ties between the sides, losing just 3 times in 10 games.
While the season may be over for both sides (FGR surely can’t close the 7 point gap?) the teams will be hoping to give their fans something to cheer about in the season run-in. With Sam Smith getting his league debut on Tuesday, Garry Hill may use the remaining games to experiment with new players and positions.
Photos etc. will be uploaded after the game.