170 Rushden fans travelled to Cambridgeshire today aiming to extend their winning run to six games. It was not to be, as a 93rd minute winner for the home side saw Rushden slip back into the bottom-half of the table.
Passing the Cambridgeshire FA headquarters on the way to the game…
A first (ever) glimpse of Bridge Road for the Rushden fans.
A Rushden flag hangs limply (but ever so proudly) in the away end.
The pitch (with the away end terraces)
The main stand.
The away end seating.
Rushden players warm-up pre-game.
Teams come out.
Histon start the game…
Ranks heads straight to the keeper. FGR and Oxford are both leading after 15 minutes.
An unforunate incident sees Gooding injured. He leaves the field, to be replaced by Gulliver.
Soon after, Rushden hit the bar courtesy of a Challinor strike on the half-hour mark.
Rushden scored just before the break, but the goal was dissalowed for offside…
Half-time saw the score remain at 0-0.
According to our photographer, “Roberts gets a song”.
The second-half kicks off…
The away terrace. Other travelling fans are situated in the seated area.
After hitting the woodwork in the first half, and having a goal dissallowed, Rushden continued their unlucky streak by hitting the bar against, courtesy of a Marcus Kelly effort.
Despite scoring 7 goals in his last 5 games, Challinor finds himself subbed off with half an hour to go, to be replaced by Ademeno.
However, with little under 25 minutes to go Histon took the lead; an Antonio Murray chip beating Roberts.
However, with 15 minutes to go your narrators sceptism at Hill’s earlier substitution was pushed aside, as Charles Ademeno scored to equalise for the Diamonds. 1-1!
An Osano throw-in (apologies for the earlier announcement of his phantom injury!) launches another RDFC attack.
Three minutes extra-time…. 767 in attendance.
However, disaster struck in the 93rd minutes, as Rushden fell behind thanks to a Neil Andrews goal. The full-time whistle followed soon after, leaving Rushden in 13th place. Rushden’s run of 5 wins on the bounce is over. However, they have ther impressive home record to defend when York visit Nene Park on Saturday.
Reports and reaction to follow.
Some rubbish, and dustbins.
Were you at the game? Did we deserve to lose? Was taking off Challinor with 30 minutes to go a mistake? Leave a comment below…