Grays Ath preview.

Rushden will play out their postponed tie with Grays Ath tomorrow. The original fixture was postponed due to heavy fog that swirled into the stadium just before kick-off. Tomorrow’s tie will be Rushden’s sixth game in twelve days.

In the same time frame, Grays have not enjoyed their football of late; earning draws against Salisbury, and Halifax, and losing against Northwich and Crawley. In fact, their last win came in early-April, 540 minutes of football ago.

(Above, and below: The postponed fixture between the two sides earlier in the season)

There will be a number of familiar faces to see at the New Rec. Ground (below), with ex-Diamonds Andy Sambrook (69 RDFC appearences), Jon Ashton (40 appearences), Neil McAffery (39 appearences) and Nicky Eyre (19 appearences) now employed by the club.

With this the last away trip of the season, Rushden will be hoping to make the travelling fans’ 200-mile round journey worth their while.

Rushden have only visited the New Recreation Ground once, last season, in a game that finished 3-1 to the home side. Rushden, in fact, have never actually beaten Grays, drawing once, and losing twice.

Season Date Home Score Away Competition 
 2007/2008 Tue 25 Sep Rushden & D. 1 – 1 Grays Ath. (Conference) Premier  
 2006/2007 Tue 27 Mar Grays Ath. 3 – 1 Rushden & D. Conference  
  Tue 15 Aug Rushden & D. 1 – 3 Grays Ath. Conference  

With just 180 minutes of league football to go, an exhausted Rushden side will just be looking to get to the finish line in one piece. Rushden can, at best, finish in 13th place – the position currently held by Grays, so the match does have some significance, but it is seen by most as an irrelevant tie.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see whether Rushden equal, or even better, last year’s points total – 62 – with just two games to go, with our current tally of 58 points.

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