Gray day for yellows, as Blues are white hot.

Rushden succumbed to their third succesive defeat, with a 3-0 loss at Gray’s on Thursday.

Rushden & Diamonds boss Garry Hill has hit out at Conference officials for his side’s hectic end to the season.

Saturday’s clash with Aldershot will be the Diamonds’ eighth game in 16 days because of cup ties, replays, abandonments and postponements.

Hill told BBC Radio Northampton he was not impressed with the organisation.

“You have to look at the people who eat the prawn sandwiches and make these decisions – they have no consideration for the players,” he said.

“My view of the Conference league this year is poor anyway, all the way round.

“When you turn round and see a team like us going into our eighth league game in 16 days – that is nearly 20% of your season in 16 days.

“I think that is a very, very harsh thing to put up with, as well as going on top of the Setanta Shield final [which was played at opponents Aldershot’s home ground after the toss of a coin].

“I don’t think the league has done Rushden & Diamonds any favours this year.”

Sam Smith, Lawrence Lambley, Jake Beecroft and Ben Nunn all got a run out. Nunn “looked comfortable on the ball”, according to one fan, “and played it out nicely from right-back a couple of times.”

Loz (Lambley) didn’t look out of place at all, and had a few good runs”

Sam Smith, continuing his recent run of appearences, “didn’t get too much joy from a lot of the long balls, though he had a nice near post header in the first half which he just couldn’t get around. And he did assert himself more as the game went on.”

Beecroft, “certainly looked good in midfield”, after recplaing Gooding.

“None of the youngsters looked out of place at all.”

29 Rushden fans turned up.

 

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