Rushden versus Halifax (Take Four)

Pre-match PDB 
Rushden & Diamonds V Halifax Town
30 Dale Roberts Adam Legzdins 1
2 Curtis Osano Tom Harban 23
24 Dean Howell Matt Doughty 3
5 Chris Hope (Capt) Peter Atherton 22
7 Phil Gulliver Jake Wright 14
18 Marcus Kelly Nicky Gray 15
11 Andy Burgess Tom Kearney (Capt) 6
8 Curtis Woodhouse Simon Heslop 27
16 Tom Shaw Mark Whitehouse 28
7 Jon Challinor Lewis Killeen 10
14 Michael Rankine Daryl Taylor 17
Kimberley Suite
Pre-match pictures from Nene Park ahead of tonight’s SS tie.
Halifax bus
An impressive Halifax team coach arrives at the ground.
0-0 after 15m
The match kicks off. After a quarter of an hour the score was 0-0.
1-0 Rushden
The game’s first goal came courtesy of Michael Rankine, as he put Rushden in front after 20 minutes. Almost immediately (below), Rushden keeper Roberts was forced to make an impressive save with both feet to prevent Halifax from striking back.
The Rushden defence was troubled again minutes later as a Halifax effort bounced to safety off of the post.
Hfx cross...
A Halifax cross comes to nothing. The floodlights reflect serenly off Dean Howell’s obscene hair-style.
HT, and dead scoreboard...
Half-time saw the score remain at 1-0. It also marked the second death of the scoreboard…
HT 0-0
Kidderminster have continued their revival of sorts, and currently lead 4-0 at half-time against Crawley. Droylsden, Rushden’s next opponents, are half-way to getting their second consecutive win, as they lead Aldershot 1-0. The only other game of the evening, in which Salisbury host Stevenage, is goaless.
With Crawley unlikely to stage a dramatic comeback, Rushden look set to remain in 15th place after tonight’s league games.
The subs enjoy a warm-up…
The second-half gets underway…
A Halifax free-kick goes wide…
Rushden attack a long Challinor throw…
Challinor hits the bar following a corner, although a freekick is given to Halifax. A dismal attendance of 880 is announced, with 51 of those travelling fans.
Tomo joins the fray, replacing Challinor. Meanwhile, Woodhouse receives a yellow card.
The game finished 1-0, with Rushden progressing to the final of the Setanta Shield.
According to the OS Halifax “will feel rather unfortunate”, having had a “lion’s share of possesion and chances”. It seems that MotM Dale Roberts was largely responsible for keeping Rushden’s lead intact, and seeing them progress to the final. Halifax, who have more important things to worry about, will not be too upset at the defeat. For Rushden, however, there is the chance to make up for a decidedly dissapointing season in the form of a second cup final of the season.

One Response to Rushden versus Halifax (Take Four)

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