Final day

A game with practically nothing at stake (the Diamonds can either confirm their final position as 11th or fall to as low as 13th), yet there is always something quite nice about the final game of the season. Woking are already relegated, but will want to do their travelling fans (who were given free transport) proud, while Rushden will not want to end the season with a hatrick of poor performences. This is also Justin Edinburgh’s first game as full-time manager. With rumours saying that Andy Burgess could be playing for Luton next season, this could also, if one wants to be pessimistic, be the Diamond legend’s last game for Rushden. Hopefully not, though.😦

The NP pitch showing some signs of wear and tear before it's 23rd and final home league game of the season

The first few Woking fans arrive

The first few Woking fans arrive

Pre-match. The first few fans in the PDB.

Pre-match. The first few fans in the PDB.

Rushden quickly take a 1-0 lead, with Wolleaston scoring his 8th of the season. Both himself, Tomlin and Smith have scored eight this season.

1-1. Damn. Bad defending, apparently.

Im not quite sure what to make of this...

I'm not quite sure what to make of this... who says we have no history?!

Burge hits what would have been “one of the best goals you’d ever see at Nene Park”, yet his shot hits the left post.

A disapointingly sparse PDB.

A disapointingly sparse PDB.

Rankine scores to put the Diamonds 2-1 up! His 7th of the season. The club’s top scorer competition is certainly coming down to the wire:

Smith 8

Tomlin 8

Wolly 8

Rankine 7

Woking fans.

Woking fans.

Rankine and co. celebrate in front of the PDB.

Rankine and co. celebrate in front of the PDB.

Half-time, 2-1 Diamonds.

Half-time, 2-1 Diamonds.

Rankine, a legend in his own right, leaves the pitch after putting the Diamonds ahead.

Rankine, a legend in his own right, leaves the pitch after putting the Diamonds ahead.

Some sort of half-time donation thing.

£250 for the grounds staff.

£2050 for the youth team.

£4000 from the Supporter’s Trust to the club.

I dont know whats going on here, either, my Radio Diamonds connection went AWOL.

I don't know what's going on here, either, my Radio Diamonds connection went AWOL.

The Radio Diamonds crew (http://www.radiodiamonds1503am.co.uk/home.html) are playing “I’m a Believer”. In a half-time spent reflecting on a Rankine goal it certainly seems appropriate.

KC collects the 4k from the ST. Well done, all.

KC collects the 4k from the ST. Well done, all.

Eastbourne and Mansfield, the only teams who can move above Diamonds today, are both drawing at half-time.

The players emerge for the second half, playing towards the 207 Woking fans.

The players emerge for the second half, playing towards the 207 Woking fans.

The attendance is apparently 1676.

Actual Radio Diamonds transcript: “The balls gets to Beecroft at the edge of the area, cheeky Beeky trys a cheeky shot, it’s a goal“. US commentator: “It’s an offensive EXPLOSION from the Diamonds”. Deadpan British commentator: “Calm down, mate”.

3-1 Rushden.

Roberts hits it long.

Roberts hits it long.

If things stay as they are Rushden will finish the highest in a league table for the first time since they won Division Three in the 2002/2003 season. Make your mind up as to whether this is good news or just very, very sad.

Tomlin is off for Smith. If Sam scores he will overtake Lee as the club’s top league scorer.

The Rushden crowd are shouting “ole” after every pass.  Bless🙂

Woking fans look out at their last few minutes of Conf Prem football for at least a season.

Woking fans look out at their last few minutes of Conf Prem football for at least a season.

The last few minutes of the season peeter away...

The last few minutes of the season peeter away...

Full-time. A nice way to end.

After the match ends, the PDB faithful stay for one last song.

After the match ends, the PDB faithful stay for one last song.

Match photos are thanks to, as they have been all season long, ‘Dazzler’. Cheers, mate.

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