Yeovil Town 0 Rushden & Diamonds 1

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

5th September 1998 – Huish Park (Attendance: 2876)

Diamonds Team…Gayle, Wooding, Bradshaw, Mison, Wilson, Whyte, Brady, Vandervalden, Foster, Collins, Underwood. Subs Archer, McElhatton, Hanlon.

Goal scorers and time of goals: RDFC : Foster 18 mins.

Webmasters Man of the Match award : Darren Bradshaw

Match Report :

Rushden and Diamonds great start to their Conference season continued, with a record equalling seven straight wins. This record is also held by Wycombe Wanderers. Adrian Fosters simple tap in after a Darren Collins shot was the deciding goal.

According to Mark Stringer this match was relatively poor from a Diamonds team performance point of view. But then we have such high expectations from the team, with all of the quality players now at Talbots disposal. Again there were no poor performances, but the only exceptional performances were from Darren Bradshaw and the old campaigner Chris Whyte. Diamonds had chances to extend their lead, particularly in the second half where they caught Yeovil on numerous occasions on the break. The Diamonds defence held the line across the penalty area, and as such Yeovil were forced to take long range efforts, which were no problem to Mark Gayle. So a reasonable performance and yet another three points in the bag. We should certainly be clear of any relegation worries shortly.

Now the bandwagon rolls on to Dover next week, and who would bet against another three points. But Dover will certainly be very hard to beat, having a great season so far themselves. Personally I would be happy to relinquish thoughts of records being broken, in exchange for one point and a good Diamonds performance. The twenty one points so far this season have been gained with mixed team performances, either average or exceptional. Wait until the consistent good performances come and we will really have something to be proud of – a great stadium and a great team to go with it.

Well done lads.


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