Stevenage game

2:59 Ho ho ho. Rushden begin their away-home double-header with SB in a few minutes. Commentary is available through a link on the BBC Non League page, if anyone’s interested. New Diamonds Neil Cousins will start on the bench, while Sam Smith (thankfully) has dodged the unpredictable wrath of GH’s team-selection, and will start up front again.

A Christmas crush pre-match.

A Christmas crush pre-match.

 

Warming up pre-match.

Warming up pre-match.

The teams emerge

The teams emerge

3:03 Earlier results have seen Alty beat Northwich (who are now 9 points from safety – dejavu, anyone?), and Kiddy and FGR drew.

3:05 Rushden fans in good voice. A large enough number (300-400?) are expected to have travelled.

Kick off.

Kick off.

3:07 Lee Tomlim has the first real chance of the game, his header being palmed over the bar.

3:08 Steve Morrisson, through on goal, unselfishly if perhaps foolishly, plays it to a teammate instead of going for goal himself.

A Rushden headers goes just over.

A Rushden header goes just over.

2:25 Nearly half an hour gone, and Boro are largely on top.

Tomo takes a corner.

Tomo takes a corner.

3:30 Rushden go close. Kettering are losing🙂

3:32 The Diamonds are getting more into the game. Kettering are drawing.😦

3:40 Again Steve Morrisson can’t benefit from a 1-on-1, hitting the side netting.

3:42 Steve Morrisson (ahem) puts Boro 1-0 up. Some type of defensive mistake.

1-0 Boro. Comedy goal.

1-0 Boro. "Comedy goal".

Half time 1-0. With scores as they stand, Rushden will remain in 8th. However, Kettering (9th, but with two games in hand) will likely leapfrog them in the near future, and the gap between RDFC and the play-offs is now six points.

It just seems like one of those games…

4:05 2-0.

3-0. Another crap piece of defending.

“We want out Westley back… We want our Westley back…”

Woody puts in a bad tackle. Cue, the Rushden fans – “Off! Off! Off!”

3-1. Tomlin.

Oh well, at least Kettering are losing.

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