Sprout About In Rushden

January 4, 2006

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What a great way to round off the Christmas fixtures with an away win over Rushden & Diamonds, leaving us with a decent return of 7 points from 12 over the four Christmas games. I brought my dad along for this one, or rather he brought me as he had agreed to drive.

After picking up our fares we were off on the way, hitting the open road around quarter past ten. The traffic was good and we stopped for a burger, with a double bacon cheeseburger the order of the day it seemed.

We continued on and arrived at Nene Park at about One o’clock. With not many places to drink in the vicinity, we headed to the clubs bar called Strikers. A very nice little bar well furnished and seemingly smoke free. Surprisingly they had a good range of drinks, so I plumped for the good old Red Stripe, a fine lager If I do say so myself, and whiled away the time before heading into the ground for the ensuing contest.

I thought the game was a fairly open contest. Rushden tried to get the ball and play, as did Rovers but some poor finishing from the Diamonds prevented any early goals. The two sending offs were entirely right. James Hunt made a horrible challenge and the Rushden player Armstrong, who shoved Hunt in the back to the ground, really should have known better. If he had kept out of it then Rushden would have had a man advantage.

Then Rovers attacked earning a free kick, which Stuart Campbell took and beat everyone. Once again a lapse in concentration allowed Rushden to equalise not long after.

With both teams now down to ten men each, Rovers got the perfect start to the second half when Steve Elliott slotted home after a fumble by the Diamond’s ‘keeper under pressure from Lewis Haldane. The game was proving to be a bit of a contest and Rovers were holding on to their slender lead before conceding a late equaliser. It was a hammer blow after all the effort the ten man Gas had put in, but Rovers rallied as the injury time board went home, and Jamie Forrester headed home a winner to send the travelling Gasheads wild.

I thought it was an entertaining game with plenty of action spoilt by the officials. About the only decisions they got right all match were the Red cards.

Anyway the win made the journey home much more enjoyable whilst listening to miserable football fans (mainly Newcastle ones) on 6-0-6. The only downside was remembering we all had to go back to work.

 It’s a bit of a shame that we don’t have a match on the 7th as things are starting to look up and you can’t wait for games to come, as opposed to dreading them in recent times. The players deserve a rest though and hopefully they’ll be fresh and ready and raring to go for the Cheltenham game.

Up the Gas!

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