Torquay match…

Woody and GH chat pre-match...

Woody and GH chat pre-match...

The Beckham flag sits proudly in the North Stand.

The "Beckham flag" sits proudly in the North Stand.

Some final pre-match preparations

Some final pre-match preparations

2:53 pm Radio Devon counts down until kick-off with Daniel O’Donnell’s “How Great Thou Art”. A good start, to be sure.
2:55 pm Sam Smith makes his return to the squad, starting on the bench.
2:56 pm More photos to be uploaded as and when we get them.
3:01 pm Scrap Radio Devon… have a look at Radio Diamonds updated new site… great stuff! http://www.radiodiamonds1503am.co.uk
3:02 pm An early chance for Rushden – Woodhouse shoots just over.
3:03 pm The sole Radio Diamonds commentator “can’t talk all the time. It’s just impossible.” Boooo…
3:07 pm “Must be a few hundred Torquay fans here”, says the radio man.
3:08 pm 1-0 Torquay. Diamonds fail to deal with cross, Carlisle scores for the away side.
3:14 pm “The referee’s a…” The man in black is not the most popular man on the pitch.
3:15 pm A “freak” header ends up in the goal. Torquay are 2-0 up.

A couple of hundred Torquay fans

A couple of hundred Torquay fans

3:23 pm Kelly goes close, with Phillips’ cross just ahead of him.

The Torquay fans

The Torquay fans

3:24 pm Rushden go close.

3:30 pm Full time at Eastbourne. Stevenage lost due to a last-minute winner for the home side… this means that, whatever the result at Nene Park, Rushden will not finish the day’s action below 8th place.

3:40 pm Phillips off, Smith on. Lee hasn’t exactly made the best impression on his old club. Let’s hope Smith can work up some of the magic he showed earlier in the season before he went AWOL.

3:48 pm Rushden have a goal disallowed, after Daryl Clare was judged offside.

3:49 pm Ahem. Now Torquay have a goal disallowed.

3:50 pm Half-time. Booing etc.

4:04 pm Leon Knight is about to come on for Michael Corcoroan. The Diamonds are going 4-3-3. An important 45 minutes coming up. If Rushden can save a draw they will remain in 7th place … a win will see them move up to 5th. A defeat will leave them in 8th.

The 2nd half kicks off.

The 2nd half kicks off.

4:10 pm 0-3. Game over, surely. 8th.

4:11 pm A red card for Panther. For a change. Rushden down to ten men, down three goals.

4:14 pm The strange parallel’s of this game continue: Toruqay’s Matt Green is sent off for elbowing Curtis Osano.

4:25 pm About 1600 at today’s game.

4:28 pm A “superb goal” by Sam Smith offers some hope for Rushden. 22 minutes left to get something from the game.

 

4:47 *Sulking*

4:54 pm Full time. A chorus of boos. In today’s other games Alty beat Oxford (!) and Eastborune beat Stevenage (choo choo!). Rushden sit 8th, 3 points off the play-offs.

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