RUSHDEN V HARRIERS
- Kick off: 3:00pm Mon 28 Dec 09
- Venue: Nene Park
- Final score:
- Rushden and Diamonds 2 - 1 Kidderminster Harriers
93:00: Final whistle It's over! In the end, Harriers could not find a leveller. If they had played like they did in the final 20 minutes then they would not have lost.
93:00: Martin Riley almost scores an own goal when his attempted clearance flies towards is own goal but Dean Coleman takes it.
91:00: Paul Terry concedes a free-kick but from 25-yards out Daniel Andrew curls it over the bar.
89:00: Dale Roberts does well to take Chris McPhee's free-kick under pressure.
83:00: Substitution Jefferson Louis replaces the firey Lee Tomlin.
80:00: Good pressure by Harriers. Damian Spencer releases Brian Smikle down the left. He roves into the box and squares it to Robbie Matthews. The striker can't get a shot in from the edge of the box but he passes it to Dean Bennett, who fires a firm effort which Dale Roberts spills but then recovers with Smikle pouncing.
78:00: Close! Daniel Andrew gets free on the left of the box and fires in a shot, which is cleared behind by Paul Terry.
74:00: Dean Coleman spills Lee Tomlin's free-kick behind for a corner. The visitors defend well.
72:00: Harrierrs have real belief now. Chris McPhee delivers a cross from the right that Dale Roberts tips behind for a corner. The hosts defend the set-piece well though.
71:00: Damian Spencer is brought down just outside the box. Unfortunately, Darryl Knights sees his effort hit the wall.
67:00: Goal! Robbie Matthews pulls a goal back. Martin Riley did exceptionally well to power to the left edge of the box and pass to Matthews. He swivels and fires in a shot that squeezes past a diving Dale Roberts at the bottom of the post.
64:00: Harriers have a free-kick from then left. No one attacks Darryl Knights' delivery and it's very easy for Dale Roberts to take.
63:00: Harriers have offered nothing going forward and are giving the ball away very easily in midfield. Rushden can attack at will at the moment.
61:00: Aaron O'Connor takes Craig Farrell's raking cross from the left, cuts inside past Daniel Andrew and fires a firm effort over the bar.
60:00: Yellow card Lee Tomlin is booked for dissent
57:00: Goal! Lee Tomlin hits a brilliant 20-yarfd effort that arrows into Dean Coleman's top right corner. Nothing he could do about that but Harriers had failed to clear the ball before.
56:00: Harriers finally defend the corner.
55:00: Substitution Rob Wolleaston replaces Max Porter for the hosts.
54:00: Harriers give the ball away in midfield and Lee Tomlon leeds a break. His cross wins a corner.
51:00: Diamonds midfielder Max Porter limps off after falling awkwardly. He's okay to continue.
48:00: Dean Bennett sees a shot from the edge of the area fly wide. He was set up by Damian Spencer's jinking run.
47:00: Harriers certainly have a muscular strike pairing in Damian Spencer and Robbie Matthews, all they need is the ammunition to score.
46:00: Substitution Damian Spencer, who has been warming up energetically during half-time, replaces Aaron Farrel..
46:00: Intersting to see what John Finnigan does in the second half. If he's serious about being permanent manager an inspired substitition or tactical change could be important. While Rushden haven been sharper, Harriers on the whole have defended okay and just need to improve attacking-wise.
45:00: Half time Plus two: That's the first half over. Harriers have ended quite strongly but will need to find more cutting edge to trouble Rushden's well-drilled defence.
45:00: Plus two mins: Diamonds can't get the ball back from the corner but finally clear it.
45:00: Plus one min: Daniel Andrew sweeps a great ball down the left but it just evades a stretching Robbie Matthews. The referee signals for a corner.
45:00: Duane Courtney does well to win the ball off Aaron O'Connor as he sped down the wing.
42:00: Robbie Matthews goes up with Dale Roberts for a Darryl Knights cross from the left but the referee blows for a Diamonds free-kick.
41:00: Mark Byrne tries a dipping shot from 20-yards out but it's straight at Dean Coleman.
39:00: Chris McPhee wins a second Harriers corner. It'd a decent one but Rushden just about clear.
36:00: Duane Courtney comes as close as any Harriers player. He sees a shot from the edge of the box arc wide.
36:00: A let off for Harriers. Kurt Robinson makes another raid down the left and his raking pass falls to Craig Farrell. Luckily he mis-hits the ball and it falls to Dean Coleman.
34:00: Lee Tomlin sprints free by as he burst into the box, Martin Riley slides in the concedes a corner. Dean Coleman takes the set-piece well.
31:00: Harriers are almost opened up on the break. This time left-back Kurt Robinson sprints free but hid shot is easily saved by Dean Coleman.
30:00: Harriers win their first corner but Diamonds clear Daniel Andrews' ball through a gaggle of players.
28:00: Dean Coleman gets down well to parry Craig Farrell's shot after he had sprinked past Gavin Caines and Duane Courtney. Good save.
26:00: Gavin Caines comes back on but it doesn't look good.
24:00: Gavin Caines looks as though he's injured his left ankle after going in for the ball with Lee Tomlin. After some treament they both limp off, although Caines is limping worryingly.
22:00: Dean Bennett sweeps the ball to Daniel Andrew on the left and he sees a cross/shot fly over the bar.
22:00: Darryl Knights finds Robbie Matthews in the box with a cross from the left but the big striker nudges it to keeper Dale Roberts.
16:00: Goal! Lee Tomlin pounces on an error by Dean Coleman to score. The keeper rushes out of his area and handles the ball but spills it to the Diamonds winger, who knocks it past him and scores. Coleman very fortunately escapes a booking for his handball.
14:00: Martin Riley and Brian Smikle do well to crowd out Craig Farrell on the edge of the box as she shaped to shoot.
11:00: Gavin Caines clears Aaron O'Connor's low cross from the left after a Diamonds counter-attack.
8:00: It's lively start by both sides but Diamonds are edging it at the moment.
4:00: Nice play by Harriers. Brian Smikle and Robbie Matthews combine to release Aaron Farrell down the left. He drives down the flank, cuts in and fires in a firm low shot that keeper Dale Roberts does well to save.
1:00: Diamonds top scorer Lee Tomlin fires in a 20-yard shot but Dean Coleman gets down comfortably to save it.
0:00: Diamonds have not played since the FA Trophy over a fortnight ago and may be a little rusty. Unlike John Finnigan, Diamonds boss Justin Edinburgh has an embarrassment of riches squad-wise. He makes one change from the side that defeated Bilericay 1-0 on December 12, dropping Michael Cocoran completely and bringing in Simon Downer. Downer will be playing at centreback with Jamie Stuart. Curtis Osano is right back, while Kurt Robinson is at left-back. In midfield, Rushden have Lee Tomlin (left) and Mark Byrne (right) on the flanks and Paul Terry and Max Porter playing centrally. Aaron O'Connor, who has scored eight times, and Craig Farrell are the home team's strike pairing.
0:00: Caretaker manager John Finnigan makes no changes to the squad that got the better of Chester on Boxing Day. On-loan Luton striker Ryan Charles is not included for the second time so has probably returned to the Hatters.
0:00: Good afternoon Harriers fans! Welcome to Shuttle Online's live match coverage from Nene Park. It's a mite chilly in Northamptonshire, so why don't you all put your feet up with a nice coffee and relax while I keep you informed of how Harriers fare against Rushden and Diamonds.
- Rushden and Diamonds
- Justin Edinburgh
- Aaron O'Connor
- Craig Farrell
- Curtis Osano
- Dale Roberts
- Kurt Robinson
- Max Porter
- Joe Day
- Rob Wolleaston
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Steve Burr
- Chris McPhee