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. 😦
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Eastbourne and Mansfield, the only teams who can move above Diamonds today, are both drawing at half-time.
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”.
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 🙂
Full-time. A nice way to end.
Match photos are thanks to, as they have been all season long, ‘Dazzler’. Cheers, mate.