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Stolen from my Dictionary:
Dull (adj)- causing boredom; tedious; uninteresting.
Not a bad way to describe the ‘battle’ between Rushden and Peterborough on a wet Wednesday night, then? With Peterborough sending out a weaker side than promised, and with Justin Edinburgh still rotating both players and formations, half an hour in I was contemplating why I even bothered to turn up.
No shots. No fans. No atmosphere. Most importantly, no intent.
With Aaron O’Connor rested, Cliff Akurang filled in, whilst Neil Cousins and Rob Wolleaston returned to the squad. Although Darren Ferguson named his two latest Non-League …

Rushden continued their excellent pre-season with a 2-1 win over a full-strength MK Dons side, before a second string side drew 2-2 with near neighbours Corby Town.
The game against MK Dons was full of action, but MK took the lead when Mark Carrington drilled in from the edge of the area. Aaron O’Connor slotted home the equaliser, before a cross from himself was deflected in by David McCracken, although O’Connor was credited with the goal. There was also a 19-man brawl after Daniel Gleeson put in a shocking tackle in which …

Barnet’s 6ft 2in powerhouse Cliff Akurang has joined Rushden on a season-long loan deal, in a move that will see him link up again with former team-mates Max Porter and Nicky Nicolau, who is currently on trial.
28 year-old Akurang, whose previous clubs include Dagenham, Histon, and Weymouth, scored 10 times in 33 starts for the Bee’s, and looks to be Justin Edinburghs’ final piece of the jigsaw.

The final squad addition??
Edinburgh told , ‘I tried to sign him when I first came to the club, he’s been top of my list for …

Rushden fans left Nene Park happy after putting together a resolute performance against a strong Nottingham Forest side, which included seven of their nine summer recruits.
Justin Edinburgh put out a similar side to the one that lost to Grimsby on Saturday, although Forest loanee James Reid took Lee Tomlins’ place on the left wing, with Tomlin replacing Craig Farrell as Aaron O’Connors’ strike partner. The names on the Forest teamsheet represented the difference in ability between the two sides, with Chris Gunter, Paul McKenna, Dexter Blackstock and David McGoldrick, amongst …

Rushden and Diamonds have unveiled their long-awaited home kit for the forthcoming season. Trying to replicate the retro style shirt of the clubs early era, Rushden have gone back to the white shirt/blue shorts combination, to which has gained a positive reaction from most fans.

Ultimately, the word ringing in Justin Edinburghs’ ears at the moment will be ‘pleased’. Pleased at the way that Rushden held off Blackpool’s advances, at the way Rushden peppered Barnstaple’s goalmouth, and, despite what seems like a heavy 4-1 defeat to Grimbsy, pleased at the way Rushden attacked continuously. Anyone watching from this seasons’ opposition will certainly have raised their eyebrows at the free-flowing football Rushden played, as a difference to the stereotypical ‘hoofing’ that is so often said about Non-league clubs.
Placed in Group D with favourites Blackpool, Rushden were expected …

The Maunsell Cup was claimed for a fourth time infront of the Rushden fans as two top-drawer goals either side of half-time gave the Diamonds a deserved win over League One side Peterborough United.
Despite manager Garry Hill being unable to attend, the backroom staff put out a strong line up, and also giving new player-coach Chris Hope his chance to excel. However, it must also be taken into account that Rushden were missing perhaps their three most prominent midfielders; Andy Burgess, Curtis Woodhouse, and Rob Wolleaston. Alan Marriott continued his …

Rushden and Diamonds manager Garry Hill has announced his Club Captain and Team Captain for the forthcoming season. Experienced midfielder Curtis Woodhouse will take on the role of Team Captain, taking charge of ‘on field’ activities. Andy Burgess, the clubs’ longest serving player, will become Club Captain, taking charge of ‘off field’ activities. Burgess will also be Team Captain when Woodhouse is unavailable.
These appointments have been made as last seasons’ captain Chris Hope has stepped up to become player-coach, as well as helping Garry Hill with taking charge of training.

Rushden and Diamonds youngsters Sam Smith and Jake Beecroft are said to be ‘delighted’ to have signed new 3-year contracts.
Powerful striker Smith, made his debut towards the end of last season after being spotted whilst playing for Corby Town Under 18’s. After several unfortunate attempts, Sam finally scored his first senior goal against champions Aldershot on the last day of the season, fittingly in front of an exuberant Peter De Banke Terrace.
Commanding midfielder Beecroft has made 9 first team appearances to date, including a short run in the first team …

Rushden and Diamonds have signed defensive pairing Sagi Burton and Gareth Jelleyman on deals that run until the end of the forthcoming season. Both players impressed manager Garry Hill during pre-season friendlies with Halstead Town, and, in particular, Portimonense SC and Bristol City whilst in the Algarve.
Thirty year-old Burton, a Barbados international, arrives at Nene Park following his release from League Two Barnet. Last season he captained the Bees in 32 matches, and he has previously played for Shrewsbury Town, Peterborough United, Port Vale and Crystal Palace, Colchester United and Crewe …