Kingstonian 1 Rushden & Diamonds 5

Match Report courtesy of Unofficial Rushden & Diamonds Website (1997-2001)

25th August 1998 – Kingsmeadow Stadium

Rushden Team: Gayle, Wooding, Bradshaw, Mison, Wilson, Whyte, Brady, Vandervalden, Foster, Collins, Underwood.

Subs: Mehew, McElhatton, Hanlon.

Diamonds Scorers: Foster 12, 60, and 80 mins Wooding 73 mins and Collins 89 mins.

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Match Report:

There are times when you run out of superlatives. And last night at Kingsmeadow was one of those occasions.

Rushden & Diamonds simply blew previously unbeaten Kingstonian apart with a four-goal second-half blast – Adrian Foster helping himself to a hat-trick in the process – and there was nothing they could do about it.

Make no mistake, Kingstonian aren’t a bad side. Certainly before the interval they traded blow for blow.

But once Diamonds upped the pace as their full-time status told it was a whole different ball game and the hosts couldn’t handle it.

Diamonds had taken a 12th-minute lead just seconds after Darren Collins fired an angled shot on to the base of the post. It was cleared to Jon Brady on the right and from his measured cross Foster looped a 15-yard header beyond the stranded Scott Barrett.

But within three minutes Kingstonian were level. The visitors failed to clear their lines from a throw-in and the ball bounced down kindly for the former Nene Park man Dave Leworthy to blast into the top corner.

The action was frantic after that as both sides pressed forward. And twice Foster came close to breaking the deadlock when he headed just over and was then denied by Barrett.

But on the hour he made no mistake when Paul Wilson was released on the left and slung over a measured cross for a 12-yard volley to do the rest.

Diamonds stepped up a gear after that. Michael Mison began to assert his authority in midfield alongside Carel van de Velden and full backs Wilson and Tim Wooding were only too willing to get forward and put the Kingstonian back line under pressure.

And it was Wooding who made it three in the 73rd minute-stepping up to curl a 25-yard free-kick into the top right-hand corner with the hosts desperately trying to organise their wall.

The carnage continued unabated with Diamonds pouring forward in ever-increasing numbers and at the same time stroking the ball around in the fashion head coach Brian Talbot demands.

Five minutes from time Foster completed his treble when he fired home from close range after Darren Collins laid the ball back from the right following Tim Wooding’s fine ball down the line.

And it was fitting that the ever-willing Collins should complete the nap-hand in the last minute, released by Wilson and rounding Barrett before slotting the ball home.

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