Rushden & Diamonds Summary 1999-2000

 

1999 / 2000        Nationwide Conference

 

Sat 14.8    Away   Morecambe                     Drew 0-0     –                                      1797

                                Turley, Wooding, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Rodwell,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Mison, Town, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Collins for Mison(56), Sale for Cooper(58).

 

Tue 17.8    Home  Telford Utd                   Drew 1-1     Mison(41)                             2729

                                Turley, Wooding, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Rodwell,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Mison, Town, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Cooper(74), Sale for Mison(80).

                                Telford goal 51.

 

Sat 21.8    Home  Kidderminster Harriers        Won  5-3    Peters(21), Cooper(36p),

                                                                     McElhatton(41/45), Underwood(88) 2728

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Sale, Town, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Sale(72), West for Town(72), Mison for Butterworth(79).

                                Kidderminster goals 7, 46, 53.

 

Sat 28.8    Away   Sutton Utd                    Won  4-0    Collins(20/39), West(76),

                                                                     McElhatton(85)                       1083

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Sale, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: West for Sale(71), Mills for Cooper(79), Wooding for Underwood(85).

 

Mon 30.8   Home  Welling Utd                    Won  2-0    McElhatton(76/81)                   2805

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Sale, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: West for Sale(85), Mills for Cooper(89).

 

Sat  4.9    Away   Northwich Victoria            Lost 1-2      Collins(3)                             1231

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Sale, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Town for Sale(70).

                                Northwich goals 76, 89.

 

Tue  7.9    Home  Hayes                          Won  1-0    Peters(18)                            2434

                                Turley, Brady, Rodwell, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Sale, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Wooding for Brady(88).

 

Sat 11.9    Home  Woking                         Lost 1-3      Peters(65)                            2699

                                Turley, Brady, Rodwell, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Sale, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: West for Sale(67), De Souza for Brady(70), Mills for Cooper(77).

                                Woking goals 63, 69, 85.

 

Tue 14.9    Away   Kettering Town                Drew 1-1     De Souza(7)                          3744

                                Turley, Brady, Rodwell, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Mison, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Nil.

                                Kettering goal 34p.

 

Sat 18.9    Home  Southport                      Won  4-2    McElhatton(8/59), Collins(20p),

                                                                     Peters(52)                            2619

                                Turley, Brady, Rodwell, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, De Souza, Mison, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Town for Mison(82).

                                Southport goals 17, 27p.

 

 

 

Sat 25.9    Away   Hednesford Town              Won  2-1    De Souza(50), Peters(90)            1608

                                Turley, Brady, Rodwell, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, De Souza, Mison, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Wooding for Rodwell(45), Heggs for Mison(69).

                                Hednesford goal 2.

 

Tue 28.9    Away   Hereford Utd                  Lost 0-4      –                                      1724

                                Turley, Brady, Wooding, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, De Souza, Mison, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Hamsher for Collins(66), Heggs for Butterworth(66), Cooper for McElhatton(78).

                                Hereford goals 2, 61, 63, 68.

 

Sat  2.10   Away   Altrincham                     Won  2-1    Town(14), Brady(35)                 1114

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Mills, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Rodwell for Peters(57), Cooper for Mills(75).

                                Altrincham goal 46.

 

Sat  9.10   Home  Kingstonian                     Won  1-0    Collins(31)                            3764

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

Sat 23.10   Away   Scarborough                   Won  1-0    Collins(19)                            1702

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Mills for Butterworth(68), De Souza for Town(81).

 

Tue  2.11   Away   Nuneaton Borough             Drew 1-1     De Souza(50)                         4490

                                Turley, Brady, Wooding, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Nil.

                                Nuneaton goal 18.

 

Sat  6.11   Home  Dover Athletic                 Drew 1-1     Underwood(87)                       3037

                                Turley, Brady, Wooding, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Cramman for Wooding(64), Town for Brady(76).

                                Nuneaton goal 51.

 

Sat 13.11   Away   Yeovil Town                    Lost 1-5      Underwood(45)                       2180

                                Turley, Brady, Rodwell, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Mills for Rodwell(HT), Cramman for Hamsher(HT), Mison for Collins(76).

                                Yeovil goals 1, 44, 51, 66, 68.

 

Sat  4.12   Away   Hayes                          Won  5-0    Brady(21), Town(49/66),

                                                                     Warburton(78), De Souza(90)       901

                                Turley, Wooding, Stowell, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Peters for Warburton(80), Heggs for Collins(80), De Souza for Town(81).

 

Sat 18.12   Away   Telford Utd                   Drew 1-1     McElhatton(85)                       1414

                                Turley, Wooding, Stowell, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Mills, Hamsher, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Town(66), Heggs for Hamsher(76).

                                Telford goal 70.

 

Mon 27.12  Home  Stevenage Borough             Won  2-1    Collins(16), Brady(79)                5721

                                Turley, Wooding, Stowell, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Stowell(69), Heggs for De Souza(89).

                                Stevenage goal 60.

 

 

Mon  3.1    Away   Stevenage Borough             Drew 2-2     Collins(32), Underwood(36)          4373

                                Turley, Wooding, Stowell, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Heggs for De Souza(84).

                                Stevenage goals 14, 83.

 

Sat 22.1    Away   Forest Green Rovers           Lost 0-1      –                                      1302

                                Turley, Wooding, Heggs, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Aldridge, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Heggs(55), De Souza for Aldridge(61).

                                Forest Green goal 18.

 

Sat 29.1    Home  Northwich Victoria            Won  6-0    og(Simpson3), McElhatton(30/76),

                                                                     Collins(50), Lowe(56), Burgess(67)   3468

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Lowe, Collins, Burgess.

                                Subs used: Peters for Warburton(79), Mills for Brady(79), Heggs for Lowe(85).

 

Sat 12.2    Away   Dover Athletic                 Won  4-0    De Souza(45/69), Hamsher(64p),

                                                                     Rodwell(73)                           2904

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Mills for McElhatton(77), Burgess for Cramman(84), Peters for Lowe(88).

 

Tue 15.2    Home  Forest Green Rovers           Won  3-2    McElhatton(14), Collins(71/84) 3195

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Cramman(HT), Collins for Wooding(63).

                                Forest Green goals 2, 21.

 

Sat 19.2    Away   Doncaster Rovers              Won  1-0    De Souza(80)                         4187

                                Turley, Hamsher, Burgess, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, De Souza, Lowe, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Brady for Lowe(61).

 

Tue 22.2    Home  Hednesford Town              Drew 1-1     Lowe(23)                              3714

                                Turley, Wooding, Burgess, McElhatton, Rodwell, Bradshaw,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Heggs for De Souza(57), Cramman for Butterworth(66), Town for Burgess(85).

                                Hednesford goal 54.

 

Sat  4.3    Away   Kingstonian                     Won  1-0    og(Crossley29)                        1772

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Lowe(83).

 

Tue  7.3    Home  Yeovil Town                    Drew 1-1     Burgess(63)                           3611

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Brady for McElhatton(35), Burgess for Cramman(HT), Collins for De Souza(81).

                                Yeovil goal 86.

 

Sat 18.3    Home  Sutton Utd                    Won  4-0    Butterworth(5), Burgess(39),

                                                                     Peters(51), Lowe(83)                 2749

                                Turley, Peters, Burgess, Cooper, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Bradshaw for Underwood(66), Mills for Wormull(81), Mison for Lowe(84).

 

Sat 25.3    Home  Hereford Utd                  Drew 0-0     –                                      4022

                                Turley, Peters, Burgess, Cooper, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

 

 

Tue 28.3    Home  Kettering Town                Won  2-0    Lowe(56), Warburton(59)            4752

                                Turley, Peters, Burgess, Bullock, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Collins for Lowe(86).

 

Sat  1.4    Home  Nuneaton Borough             Drew 1-1     Burgess(69)                           4144

                                Turley, Peters, Burgess, Bullock, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Collins for Lowe(67), Hamsher for Wormull(85).

                                Nuneaton goal 84.

 

Tue  4.4    Home  Morecambe                     Lost 0-2      –                                      2533

                                Turley, Peters, Burgess, Bullock, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Lowe, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Cooper for Butterworth(HT), Collins for Wormull(HT), Mison for Bullock(72).

                                Morecambe goals 71, 86p.

 

Sat  8.4    Away   Kidderminster Harriers        Lost 0-2      –                                      6250

                                Turley, Peters, Burgess, Bullock, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Mison, De Souza, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Wormull for Burgess(51), Sigere for De Souza(63), Town for Mison(71).

                                Kidderminster goals 61p, 85.

 

Tue 11.4    Away   Woking                         Won  3-1    Town(47), Sigere(75/90)             1765

                                Turley, Peters, Hamsher, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Town, Sigere, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Nil.

                                Woking goal 61.

 

Sat 15.4    Home  Altrincham                     Won  1-0    Town(21)                             2731

                                Turley, Peters, Hamsher, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Town, Sigere, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Sigere(60), Stowell for Underwood(73).

 

Sat 22.4    Away   Southport                      Lost 1-2      Hamsher(48p)                         1590

                                Naylor, Peters, Hamsher, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Stowell, Town, Sigere, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Peters(HT), Wormull for Hamsher(75), De Souza for Town(87).

                                Southport goals 41p, 90.

 

Sat 29.4    Home  Scarborough                   Drew 0-0     –                                      2641

                                Naylor, Hamsher, Burgess, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Town, Sigere, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Collins for Town(59), Brady for Wormull(71), Bradshaw for Mills(77).

 

Mon  1.5    Away   Welling Utd                    Won  3-0    Burgess(66), Sigere(86/89)          1317

                                Turley, Hamsher, Burgess, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Town, Sigere, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Collins for Town(55), Peters for Wormull(71).

 

Sat  6.5    Home  Doncaster Rovers              Drew 0-0     –                                      3177

                                Turley, Hamsher, Burgess, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Wormull, Sigere, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Bradshaw for Hamsher(20), Brady for Wormull(74).

 

 

Total           ( played 42, won 21, drew 13, lost 8  –  goals 71 / 42  =  76pts – 2nd )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FA Cup

 

Sat 16.10   Home  Sutton Utd (4q)               Won  4-1    McElhatton(11/45), Brady(14),

                                                                     Collins(74)                            2525

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Mills for Butterworth(81), De Souza for Collins(81), Bertocchi for Turley(85).

                                Sutton goal 53.

 

Fri 29.10   Home  Scunthorpe Utd (1)            Won  2-0    Warburton(47), Hamsher(76p)       4112

                                Turley, Brady, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Hamsher, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Wooding for Bradshaw(39).

 

Sat 20.11   Away   Ilkeston Town (2)              Drew 1-1     De Souza(51)                         2737

                                Turley, Brady, Wooding, McElhatton, Peters, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Rodwell, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Town for Brady(73).

                                Ilkeston goal 18.

 

Tue 30.11  Home  Ilkeston Town (2r)             Won  3-0    Wooding(2), Town(17), Collins(86)  4226

                                Turley, Wooding, Burgess, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Heggs for Town(82).

 

Sun 12.12  Away   Sheffield Utd (3)             Drew 1-1     Brady(42)                             10104

                                Turley, Wooding, Burgess, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Burgess(67), Heggs for Town(89).

                                Sheff Utd goal 14.

 

Tue 21.12  Home  Sheffield Utd (3r)            Drew 1-1AET Warburton(105)                     6010

                                                      (lost on pens 5-6)

                                                      Pens: Rodwell/Wooding/De Souza/Hamsher/

                                                            Collins (Brady missed)

                                Turley, Wooding, Burgess, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Town, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Town(65), Hamsher for Burgess(118).

                                Sheff Utd goal 102.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nationwide McMillan Trophy

 

Tue 23.11  Home  Telford Utd (2)               Lost 0-1      –                                      1451

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Town for Collins(65), Burgess for Cramman(65), Mison for De Souza(79).

                                Telford goal 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FA Trophy

 

Sat 27.11   Home  Havant & W’ville (2)          Won  1-0    Collins(50)                            1835

                                Turley, Wooding, Stowell, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Heggs for De Souza(77).

 

Sat 15.1    Away   Bath City (3)                  Won  2-1    Collins(66), Aldridge(72)             2034

                                Turley, Wooding, Stowell, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Stowell(HT), Aldridge for De Souza(72).

                                Bath goal 24.

 

Sat  5.2    Away   Billericay Town (4)            Drew 0-0     –                                      2027

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, Cooper, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Brady, Butterworth, Lowe, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Lowe(63).

 

Tue  8.2    Home  Billericay Town (4r)           Won  2-1    Lowe(46), De Souza(71)              2132

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Lowe, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: De Souza for Brady(46).

                                Billercay goal 86.

 

Sat 26.2    Home  Marine (5)                     Won  1-0    Lowe(32)                              3094

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, McElhatton, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Lowe, Town, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Heggs for Town(58), Hamsher for McElhatton(82).

 

Sat 11.3    Away   Sutton Utd (6)                Drew 1-1     Rodwell(13)                           1586

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, Hamsher, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, De Souza, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Nil.

                                Sutton goal 12.

 

Tue 14.3    Home  Sutton Utd (6r)               Lost 1-3      Cooper(85)                            2738

                                Turley, Wooding, Cramman, Hamsher, Rodwell, Warburton,

                                Butterworth, Brady, Lowe, Collins, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Cramman(HT), De Souza for Brady(59), Cooper for Wooding(59).

                                Sutton goals 34, 51, 67.

 

 

 

 

Northants Hillier Senior Cup

 

Tue 25.1    Away   Kettering Town (2)            Lost 1-3      Mills(33)                              476

                                Smith, Hamsher, Cramman, Mison, Peters, Challinor,

                                Mills, Cooper, Aldridge, Heggs, Stowell.

                                Subs used: Pearson for Heggs(52), Butcher for Cramman(52), Berry for Mills(73).

                                Kettering goals 5, 50p, 80.

 

 

Maunsell Premier Cup

 

Sat 31.7    Home  Northampton Town (F)        Won  1-0    Cooper(6)                             2870

                                Turley, Wooding, Bradshaw, McElhatton, Peters, Rodwell,

                                Butterworth, Cooper, Mison, Town, Underwood.

                                Subs used: Sale for Mison(HT), Collins for Bradshaw(65), Mills for Town(81).

                                                                                 Cup Winners

 

Rushden & Diamonds 0 Doncaster Rovers 0

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

6th May 2000 – Nene Park (Attendance: 3177)

Rushden Team: Turley, Hamsher, Burgess, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton, Wormull, Butterworth, Collins, Sigere, Underwood.
Substitutes: Town, Naylor, Brady, Bradshaw, Butcher

Webmasters MoM: Butterworth

Diamonds played out their final game of the season in front of a respectable crowd of over three thousand, and again failed to score. The chances were there, a handful of clear cut chances, but once again the reason for Diamonds failure to clinch top spot was highlighted. Brian Talbot brought back Darren Collins in place of David Town in an attempt to liven up the attack, but the problem is still there and will not go away until new blood is brought in.

Diamonds were put under a bit of early pressure in the opening minute as Billy T was called on to make an impressive catch under pressure in the second minute. Daz had a half chance to open the scoring when latching on to a Sigere flick on, but the keeper just beat him to the ball. The first ten minutes were very much even, with the ball seeming to go from keeper to keeper, bypassing both midfields altogether. The lively Simon Wormull had a shot deflected over for a corner on 16 minutes, but Diamonds first golden opportunity of the game was on 18 minutes when Wormy put a superb ball into the box and on to the head of Siggy who could not direct the header on target with an open goal beckoning. John Hamsher was carried off on a stretcher after nineteen minutes when a 50/50 tackle left him requiring 20 stitches in a nasty deep cut on his leg. He was replaced by Brads for a rare home outing. Suddenly Brads started spraying about his trademark 40 yard cross field passes, bringing Burge into the game, and Diamonds started to look sharper. Siggy wasted yet another opportunity on 35 minutes when clear through he looped a shot over the out running keeper only to see it clear the woodwork as well as the keeper. Wormy tried a speculative shot from 30 yards seeing the keeper off his line on 37 minutes but the ball went high and wide. With the Donny crowd in full voice and trying to raise their team the song echoeing from the South Stand of ” Wheres your whippet gone – wheres your whippet gone” raised a few laughs in what was otherwise turning into a typical end of season game with Donny showing no inclination of wanting to make a game of it! The last five minutes of the half saw constant Diamonds pressure as Siggy made a marvellous mazy run into the box, Burge skimmed the post with a cross/shot, and Siggy again having a clear header that was this time saved by the keeper. The closest goal of the half actually went against the run of play on 45 minutes when a 30 yard hopeful piledriver skimmed the head of Butts and rebounded off the Diamonds post. I know Butts wants to improve his goal to game ratio but please Gary – in the right end!

The second half was a lot less exciting, as Diamonds exerted all the pressure but never really looked as though they would actually get the ball into the net. The chances were there, Daz had a few, but the game was now just being played out. There were some half chances, Wormy went close to getting on the end of a Burge cross, so did Daz ( twice). In the 76th minute Braids came on for Wormy and things seemed to pick up again. Donny nearly snatched the points in the 79th minute when Billy T was called upon to make a magnificent save. This the same keeper who early in the season was getting stick from our supporters and who has now become probably one of the most liked and respected keepers that we have seen down at Nene Park for years. He certainly now has an affinity with the fans! His handling today was immaculate, coming for crosses, his distribution was good, and he has had a great season.

The chances kept coming but all were squandered, with Daz having a great chance with just minutes to go. The game closed and it was somewhat surprising not to see more of the players saying cheerio to the fans – well done though to Daz and Billy T especially for their efforts.

Welling United 0 Rushden & Diamonds 3

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

1st May 2000 – Park View San Siro (Attendance: 1317)

Rushden Team: Turley, Hamsher, Burgess, Mills, Rodwell, Warburton, Butterworth, Wormull, Town, Sigere, Underwood.
Substitutes: Peters, Naylor, Bradshaw, Brady, Collins

Diamonds Scorers: Burgess – 66 minutes, Sigere 86 & 89 minutes

Webmasters MoM: Jim Rodwell

Diamonds met stern opposition for the first hour with relegation threatened Welling United fighting for every ball. However, the visitors should have been in front by the interval with David Town breaking clear to see his shot rebound off the goalkeeper to Jean-Michel Sigere whose snap shot went into the crowd. A low Paul Underwood free kick found Town, but the striker failed to get any direction on his header which sailed high and wide. The only threat from Welling came when Gary Mills attempted a headed back pass which fell short to Martin, but Billy Turley brought off a fine save to retrieve the situation.

The home side came out for the second half with all guns blazing, but Diamonds stood fast with Jim Rodwell and Ray Warburton outstanding. Darren Collins replaced David Town on 56 minutes and the visitors slowly regained the upper hand and deservedly took the lead 10 minutes later when Collins burst clear, his cross was mishit by Sigere to Andrew Burgess who slotted home. Welling by now were offering little threat and it came as no surprise when Sigere increased the lead on 86 minutes from Hamsher’s cross and the same player finished things off 3 minutes later when he slotted the ball home through Wilkersons legs. The victory confirmed Diamonds as second in the Conference, the highest ever position.

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