Rushden vs. Kidderminster

The day begins...
The day begins…
The coach...
The coach…
Rushden fans mark their territory pre-match.
Rushden fans mark their territory pre-match.
Aggborough
Aggborough
Pre-match preparations
Pre-match preparations
The terrace where the RDFC fans will stand, an hour before KO.
The terrace where the RDFC fans will stand, an hour before KO.
The goalkeepers warm up.
The goalkeepers warm up.

Jake Beecroft, Dean McDonald and Justyn Roberts make their first starts of the season.

KO approaches.
KO approaches.
A couple of hundred Rushden fans...
“A couple of hundred” Rushden fans…
The huddle.
The huddle.
Kick off.

Kick off.

A bright start by the Diamonds
A bright start by the Diamonds

With a shook-up line-up, Rushden made the brighter start, with Osano forcing the Harrier’s ‘keeper into an early save, and McD shooting wide.

Rushden take the lead and celebrate in front of the Kiddy fans.
Rushden take the lead and celebrate in front of the Kiddy fans.

Rushden scored just after the ten-minute mark. Dean McDonald, only in the starting line-up because of Lee Tomlin’s suspension, scored from 20 yards. The Diamonds are “much the better side”.

Kidderminster score to even the game up.
Kidderminster score to even the game up.

However, Rushden’s lead lasted just 2 minutes, with Russell Penn scoring for the home side.

In other games, Barrow and Stevenage continue their individually surprising starts to the season, with Barrow taking the lead. Burton Albion lead Lewes 1-0, and Salisbury are currently beating Wrexham 1-0.

Match action.
Match action.
Rushden fans (+flags)
Rushden fans (+flags)
More match action
More match action

As half-time approaches, RDFC fans will largely have been left in the dark as to how their side are doing at Aggborough, with Radio Diamonds only providing irregular match updates. However, we do have a near encyclopedic knowledge of Shirley Basset, though. An even trade, I think.

Mmmm...
Mmmm…
Rushden attack in front of the Kiddy fans.
Rushden attack in front of the Kiddy fans.

Just before HT Dean McDonald has left the pitch injured, to be replaced by Sagi Burton.

First there was the Shephards Pie photo - now we have Curry and Nam.
First there was the “Shephards Pie” photo – now we have “Curry and Nam”.
Half-time.
Half-time.

Half-time sees the score remain at 1-1. Other scores:

Barrow 1-1 Stevenage “Choo choo” Borough
Burton 2-2 Lewes
Crawley 3-0 Northwich
Eastbourne 1-0 Alty
The Fleet 0-0 Oxford
Histon 0-1 FGR
K*ttering 0-0 Woking
Mansfield 1-0 Grays
Salisbury 1-1 Wrexham
Weymouth 0-1 Cambridge.
Tranmere 2-1 Northampton
Half-time entertainment.

Half-time entertainment.

The second half kicks off.
The second half kicks off.
A Rushden attack is foiled.
A Rushden attack is foiled.
Another scramble in the box.
Another scramble in the box.
Good play, writes the photographer, Burge just wide.

"Good play", writes the photographer, "Burge just wide."

Sam Smith comes on for Lee Phillips.

Sam Smith comes on for Lee Phillips.

Substitutes warm up...

Substitutes warm up...

Kidderminster celebrate their 2nd goal in front of their fans.

Kidderminster celebrate their 2nd goal in front of their fans.

Kidderminster took the lead through Russell Penn’s second goal of the game.

Rushden search for an equaliser deep into injury time.
Rushden search for an equaliser deep into injury time.
Knight recieves treatment...
Knight recieves treatment…
Full-time.

Full-time.

Despite going ahead early in the game, Rushden end the day in 15th place with – horror of horrors – Kettering sitting in 9th place. The divisions new leader is FGR, with Mansfield and CU tied for first on goal difference. Woking, Lewes and Northwich remain in the relegation places, with Stevenage Borough getting their first win of the season and rising to 20th. Barrow, Rushden’s next opponents lost their first home match today; Rushden will have to take advantage of this when they visit on Tuesday, to keep the moaners at bay if anything.

Man of the match, according to the radio man, is Andy Burgess.

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One Response to Rushden vs. Kidderminster

  1. Sam says:

    Yet another game tha promised so much and we end up with nothing. Yet another season that promised so much and we’ll end up with nothing. Hill out!

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