Scarborough Athletic 0 Rushden & Diamonds 3

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

12th September 2000 – McCain Stadium (Attendance: 1107)

Diamonds Scorers: Warburton, Town, Jackson

Webmasters MoM: Carey/Jackson;

Match Report by Steffan

Rushden & Diamonds bounced back from the disappointment of two successive home draws in emphatic style with a 3-0 away win at Scarborough. Jean Michel Sigere was the only change to a settled Diamonds starting eleven, given his first start of the season after Top scorer Duane Darby was unable to recover from a slight knock to his Achilles.

Diamonds ‘set there stall out’ within the first minute as Midfielder Jon Brady curled a free-kick over the wall but inches wide of post. Diamonds pressed further with intricate, fluid passing which would have graced any nationwide league fixture and were rewarded on 10 minutes through an unlikely source. Given a free-kick just inside there own half, Jim Rodwell caught the opposition of guard, sliding the ball down the right to Tarkan Mustafa as the Boro players expected the ball to be slung into the box. Mustafa, in acres of space, approached the Scarborough box ominously and delivered a pin-point cross onto the head of captain Ray Warburton who’s header squeezed in between goalkeeper and post.

Throughout the first half, although not creating too many clear-cut chances the Diamonds were impressive indeed. Justin Jackson tirelessly made himself available down the channels and was excellently found by the dominant midfield pairing of Carey and Butterworth. Mustafa and Underwood penetrated both flanks with great effect and the movement off the ball, quick passing and hard work ethics instilled by manager Talbot surfaced in all eleven players throughout the first half.

Sigere, Carey and Jackson all came close with half chances before Chris Tait threatened for Boro, volleying one half chance over and forcing keeper Turley into a comfortable near post save with another effort.

Second half the Diamonds started in much the same vain with Brady and Burgess coming close, thwarted by good Boro defending but the second half panned out to be much more of an even battle.

Given a corner a 68 minutes, Boro came dangerously close to an equaliser as the ball was floated in, Turley only half punched the ball clear under intense pressure and the follow up lofted across the box and bounced inches from the line with no Boro player there to convert.

Minutes later Diamonds killed off the game through substitute David Town. Jackson, like so many times this season, turned provider,attacking down the left flank with pace beating his man and crossing to Town, making his first appearance for the 1st team this season, who darted across the front of his marker and met the ball powerfully with a diving header giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Boro heads dropped as they could see no way back and Jackson then got his just rewards for 90 minutes of unselfish play, skipping past keeper and slotting home after being put through from a slide rule pass from Gary Butterworth.

Boro had one last attack, Turley turning a free-kick around the post, but the night belonged to the Diamonds.

Team: 1. Turley 2. Mustafa 3. Underwood 4. Carey [MIlls] 5. Rodwell 6. Warburton 7. Butterworth 8. Brady 9. Jackson 10. Sigere [Town] 11. Burgess [Setchell]

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