Crisis? What crisis? It’s Saturday, and we have a match to play.
If anyone is going to be pleased with the recent turn of events at the club, it is Sam Smith. He starts up front alongside Daryl Clare. Also pleased will be youth-teamers Jake Beecroft, Lewis Hilliard, Aynsley McDonald, who have been promoted to the substitutes bench. Of the eight transfer-listed players, Burgess and Woody will be playing today, whilst the remaining six – Knight, Phillips, Gully, Tomlin, Burton and McDonald – are not on today’s match squad.
3:05 pm Corcoran booked within four minutes.
Apparently Joe Willox of Scunthorpe will be spending a week at Nene Park on trial. According to his player profile thing on the Scunny site, he is “ a young right-sided player tipped to have a big future ahead of him. He signed a professional contract in the summer of 2006, and penned an extension a year later.” He will be spending time here with view to a loan move. He has no senior appearences for Scunthorpe.
3:09 pm CU have the early possesion. A “smattering” of Rushden fans made the trip up. “Perhaps the away support is showing signs of the horrible FA Cup defeat blah blah blah” says the radio man. United go close to scoring.
3:15pm Chris Hope prevents Rushden from going ahead, getting hurt in the process. A stretcher is called for but the Iron Man rises to his feet unaided. Beesley, the CU player also injured in the collison, is substituted.
3:23 pm After the injury the game has become slightly disjointed.
3:27 pm A few nervy moments as CU send in a number of dangerous crosses.
I needed to post this up! It was on the Rushden forum.
4:15 pm A second yellow card for the Diamonds, with Moloney getting booked for a lunging tackle. The resulting freekick causes soem danger, but the end result flies over the bar.
4:17 pm 220 Rushden fans made the trip. “Rushden are being stretched.”
4:20 pm “It’s the Rushden fans making all the noise”.
4:25 pm The radio commentator picks out the Rushden banners. Once reading “16 years”, the other, obscured, reading “Diamonds are…” The radio men cannot for the life of them guess what the last word is.
4:32 pm “Incredibly he’s put it wide. Easier to score.” Daryl Clare puts it wide. Aggghhh…
4:37 pm Incredibly… Rory Delap 2-0 Arsenal. Yeah, it’s nothing to do with RDFC, but still…
4:38 pm An Andy Burgess 30-yarder is palmed away for a corner. Some sustained RDFC pressure.
4:50 pm United get the ball in the net but thankfully it was offside, and thankfuly, the commentator had already pointed this out to the listeners. Phew.
4:54 pm 0-0 full time. A great result, considering. Ona totally unrelated note, Kettering have lost at home to Weymouth. Weymouth. Rushden remain in the top half after the result. First clean sheet in four games, too.