9:57 am. The action starts here. The first proper RDFC/KTFC derby in 7 years is just over two hours away. For match photos and updates, RDFC Blog is the place to be. Those not attending the match are invited to enjoy the matchday experience right here. Two hours and counting…
11:51am “And there are a lot of Diamonds fans here, and they are doing lots of bouncing to my right” – Radio Northants commentator.
11:56 “…and obviously Kettering are going to win it” (sound of laughter off-mike)
In a surprising move by gaffer GH, Michael Rankine will start today’s game. Cometh the hour…
12:00pm Kick off! Come on boys!
12:05pm A Gareth Seddon overhead kick is the first chance of the game. “Kettering are on top”.
12:12pm Kettering take an early lead through Gareth Seddon. 81 minutes to go…
12:25 Kettering lead at the break, “deservedly so”. Rushden will need to sort themselves out at the half-time break, as they are far from in control of this match.
1:02 pm The match restarts.
1:13pm “And looking away to my right, despite being a goal down, the Rushden fans look like they’re really enjoying themselves…”
1:17pm. Rushden begin to get more into the game, enjoying a spell of sustained pressure.
1:28pm. Rushden make a double substitution with Smith and Wolly replacing Ranks and Corcoran.
1:38pm Rushden equalize through, with his 3rd goal in as many games, Sam Smith. Smith, a Kettering fan, denied to celebrate the goal.
1:46pm “All the noise is coming form the Rushden fans”
1:53pm. An attendance of nearly 2900 is announced.
1:56pm. “Kettering Town dominated the first half, Rushden have dominated the second. Football has won today”. Full-time sees the score at full-time, with both sets of fans reasonably happy. The result sees both sides continue their unbeaten run, with Smith also continuing his scoring spree. The fans, by the commentators’ comments, did their club proud, while the players, coming back from a goal down, returned the favour.