Rushden’s first competitive game of the ’08-’09 campaign is today, and Nene Park is looking more than ready. Peterborough Utd. will attempt to claim the Maunsel Cup crown that Rushden have won on 3 occasions, the most recent being in 2006. They will come up against ex-players Sagi, Jelly, and Woody. For a full match preview, click here…
Above, soem last-minute preparations…
Thanks to RDFCBlog’s “eye on the wall”, Dazzler, for the photos.
Above, the match begins. A visibly patchy North Stand, but a populated enough PDB (for a pre-s friendly). 0-0 after 15 minutes.
Posh fans, above, and below.
More match action, above, and below, Rushden attack towards the Posh end.
Rushden scored twice just before the HT break, but Daryl Clare’s leagl strike was incorrectly disallowed for off-side. Nonetheless, RDFC kept their heads up and were rewarded with a strike by JC that even today’s referee couldn’t disallow. Rushden perhaps donm’t fully deserve to go into the break leading 1-0; Posh were more than equal to them in the opening plays. However, Rushden’s patience worked out, and they will face a less defensive and a more risk-taking Peterborough United in the second half.
However, soon after the HT break Peterborough United levelled the score, with a free-kick and poor goalkeeping combining to make it 1-1 after 50 minutes or so. Below, the Posh players congregate in front of their fans.
“Dean McDonald scores a goal ee-i-ee-i-ohhhhhh…”
(Stolen from the masterminds at Radio Diamonds – keep up the good work, lads)
Rushden took the lead with 20 minutes to go, to the joy o the 1000-strong crowd. Dean McDonald scored his 5th goal of his pre-season campaign to restore the Diamonds advantage.
Above, the teams restart after the third goal of the game.
The scoreboard revives itself.
More pressure from the Diamonds.
A number of good saves from Alan MarrioTT prevented Posh from regaining equality in the final few minutes.
Rushden 2-1 Peterborough, full-time. Rushden have won the Maunsel Cup for the first time since the ’05-’06 season. Goals from Challs and McDonald overcame League 1 side Posh to bring the trophy home.
Report + reaction etc. to follow.