One eye on the cup as Diamonds slip down the table…

With one eye on their upcoming SS semi-final tie, Rushden stuttered to a 2-0 defeat at Aggborough on Monday, despite putting three past the Harriers just weeks previously. Garry Hill gave starting positions to a number of fringe players, meaning that Challinor, Kelly, Hope and Bugess were all relegated to the substitutes bench, with the latter two failing to even get on the pitch.
Pre-match chat
Rushden were second-best throughout, and the defeat allowed the Harriers to leap-frog them in the table. While some fans empathised with Garry Hill’s tactics, and understood his aim not to get any big players injured prior to Thursday’s Halifax tie, the feeling was not mutual.
“Well if the team/management couldn’t be bothered then can I please get my £13 back? We were total dogsh*t.”
“I don’t really care about yesterday, and don’t blame Garry for not playing a strong team.”
“I was angry and upset after the game yesterday, but on reflection Thursday’s game is more important, and I think Hill did the right thing in resting the likes of Burgess and Challs.”
137 Rushden fans made the trip.
1-0 after 16 minutes. Kelly, Challinor, Hope and Burgess watch on from the dugout. The score turned to 2-0 after half-time.
Full-time, and Rushden slip down to 15th in the table, while Kidderminster overtake us to sit in 14th. According to the OS, the decision made by Garry Hill to rest five key players illustrates his commitment in bringing some silverware to NP this year. However, these views may not be shared by the 100 or so Rushden fans who spent £13 (plus other expensives) to watch the game.
“If they can’t be bothered, why should we?”
The performence heaps further pressure on the Rushden team to perform well against Halifax on Thursday, the two clubs 4th tie of the season.

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