Fourth time’s the charm…


For a full list of photos from yesterday’s match, click here… 

Yesterday marked the fourth meeting between Rushden and Halifax this season and, once again, the Diamonds came away from the match decidedly happier. Once again knocking Halifax out of a cup competition, a cup final against league leaders Aldershot beckons, a game which will be controversially held at the opponents Rec. Ground, an unfair advantage both to the players and the fans. Nonetheless, the match will come as some consolation for a disappointing season, and will be screened live on Setanta Sports.

Pre-match sign...

A low attendance of 880 watched the game, and they were rewarded with a win, albeit slightly undeserved. Despite the visitors having the lions share of possession and chances, Michael Rankine scored the game’s only goal, a snap-shot from the edge of the 6-yard box. It was only Halifax’s striker crisis that prevented them from equalising, or even taking the lead.

Empty seats...

(Above: Empty seats watch the 2nd-half KO)

“Luck” was yesterday’s buzz-word, as shown below by a selection of fans’ reactions…

“We were lucky to win the game, I thought we were going to concede in the first half when Roberts completely missed the ball, but luckily for us the Halifax player shot wide”

“An uninspiring 1-0 win that was dull and undeserved. If we play like that against Aldershot we will get hammered”

“Poor quality football tonight, we were lucky not to concede”

Nonetheless, it was not all doom and gloom. There were many positives to draw from the game, notably MotM Dale Roberts’ performance.

Roberts was excellent tonight and deserved man of the match. Best performance so far…”

“I thought Roberts had a good game as he coped with all they threw at him…all in all I’m happy tonight.” 

“I didn’t think it was that bad tonight! It was an entertaining game as both sides went for it.”

(Above: The excitement is too much for the scoreboard…)

The final will be played on Thursday night, against an Aldershot team who stumbled to a 2-2 draw with Droylsden, our opponents for Saturday. Despite their high league position, they should not be overly feared. They have stuttered in recent weeks against Droylsden and Ebbsfleet (in the FA Trophy), and had to come from behind to beat Alty. With tricky league games against Salisbury, Ebbsfleet, Burton Albion and Exeter coming up soon after the final, the Shots could be forgiven for keeping one eye on their league campaign which still needs to be sealed.

Sparse PDB...

With such a low attendance last night for a home semi-final, it is unknown as to how many Rushden fans will travel to an away final. A 200-mile round trip might perturb some fans who could watch it with much less effort on the TV. The game will be Rushden’s first ever national cup final.

MotM Dale Roberts

Were you at yesterday’s game? Did we deserve to win? How big a part did Roberts play in ensuring that we reach the final? Feel free to comment below…

For a full list of photos from yesterday’s match, click here…




2 Responses to Fourth time’s the charm…

  1. Josh says:

    Halifax must hate us… 4 games this season in which we probably didn’t deserve to get the points we did. Anyway, a cup final is a cup final….even when it’s held at the other club’s ground…


  2. Ted says:

    A cup final that’s played at one of the finalists home ground. What a joke of a competition, it’s got less prestige than the Maunsell Cup .Lol

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