Rushden & Diamonds Summary 2002/03

 

 

2002 / 2003    Nationwide League Divison Three

 

Sat 10.8    Away   Swansea City                   Drew 2-2     Lowe(13), Underwood(90)            6327

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Tillson, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Talbot, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Mills for Talbot(69), Partridge for Darby(69), Dempster for Tillson(87).

                                Swansea goals 15, 64.

 

Tue 13.8    Home  Torquay United                Won  3-0    Darby(6), Wardley(57), Hall(75)    3602

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Wardley, Darby, Gray,

                                Bignot, Talbot, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Bignot(12), Partridge for Darby(70), Mills for Talbot(70).

 

Sat 17.8    Home  Kidderminster Harriers        Won  3-1    og(Flynn17), Gray(65p), Darby(81)  3329

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Wardley, Darby, Gray,

                                Talbot, Sambrook, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Talbot(58), Mills for Wardley(80), Partridge for Darby(87).

                                Kidderminster goal 77.

 

Sat 24.8    Away   Shrewsbury Town              Drew 1-1     Darby(72)                             3548

                                Turley, Underwood, Tillson, Darby, Gray, Mills,

                                Talbot, Sambrook, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Talbot(52), Mustafa for Darby(79).

                                Shrewsbury goal 70.

 

Mon 26.8   Home  Scunthorpe Utd                Won  2-0    Lowe(10), Burgess(50)                3849

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Hunter, Darby, Burgess,

                                Gray, Mills, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Peters for Darby(64).

 

Sat 31.8    Away   Cambridge Utd                 Lost 1-4      Wardley(83)                          4598

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Hunter, Tillson, Darby,

                                Burgess, Gray, Mills, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Wardley for Gray(64), Partridge for Darby(64), Talbot for Burgess(77).

                                Cambridge goals 21, 63, 77, 90.

 

Sat  7.9    Home  Southend Utd                  Won  3-0    Gray(10p/34), Hall(82)              4176

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley,

                                Darby, Gray, Mills, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Bell for Mills(87).

 

Sat 14.9    Away   York City                       Drew 0-0                                           4102

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Mills, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

Tue 17.9    Away   AFC Bournemouth              Lost 1-3      Dempster(31)                         4527

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Mills, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Partridge for Darby(15), Burgess for Wardley(67).

                                Bournemouth goals 22, 58, 85.

 

Sat 21.9    Home  Wrexham                      Drew 2-2     Hall(43/80)                           4090

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley,

                                Partridge, Mills, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Hunter(11), Setchell for Peters(68), Talbot for Partridge(71).

                                Wrexham goals 10, 66.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 28.9    Away   Hartlepool Utd                 Won  2-1    Peters(48), Hall(84)                  5502

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley,

                                Gray, Mills, Setchell, Hall, Solkhon.

                                Subs used: Talbot for Solkhon(45).

                                Hartlepool goal 31.

 

Sat  5.10   Home  Leyton Orient                  Won  2-0    Darby(79/87)                         4381

                                Turley, Mustafa, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Mills, Setchell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

Sat 12.10   Away   Exeter City                    Drew 1-1     Darby(28)                             2884

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley,

                                Darby, Gray, Mills, Setchell, Hall.

                                Subs used: Duffy for Underwood(67), Talbot for Darby(82).

                                Exeter goal 6.

 

Sat 19.10   Home  Bury                            Lost 0-1                                            3925

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Peters, Tillson, Wardley,

                                Darby, Gray, Talbot, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Setchell for Talbot(68), Mills for Wardley(75).

                                Bury goal 45.

 

Sat 26.10   Away   Hull City                       Drew 1-1     Gray(38)                              10659

                                Sollitt, Peters, Tillson, Darby, Gray, Bignot,

                                Mills, Setchell, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Wardley for Bell(73).

                                Hull goal 1.

 

Tue 29.10  Home  Boston Utd                     Won  1-0    Lowe(10)                              4079

                                Turley, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby, Bignot,

                                Mills, Setchell, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Talbot for Bell(89).

 

Sat  2.11   Away   Rochdale                       Won  1-0    Darby(64)                             2628

                                Turley, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby, Bignot,

                                Mills, Setchell, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Duffy for Darby(88).

 

Sat  9.11   Home  Darlington                      Won  2-0    Lowe(79), og(Clarke87)               3911

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Mills, Bell, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

Sat 23.11   Away   Lincoln City                    Won  2-1    Bell(27), Wardley(56)                3198

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Mills, Bell, Duffy.

                                Subs used: Hall for Darby(84), Talbot for Duffy(89).

                                Lincoln goal 83.

 

Sat 30.11   Home  Bristol Rovers                  Won  2-1    Lowe(22), Hall(72)                   3960

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Gray,

                                Bignot, Mills, Hall, Duffy, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Peters(64), Darby for Duffy(69), Bell for Gray(87).

                                Bristol goal 14p.

 

Sat 14.12   Away   Macclesfield Town             Won  1-0    Lowe(81)                              1839

                                Sollitt, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Bignot, Mills, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 21.12   Home  Carlisle Utd                    Drew 1-1     Lowe(16)                              4355

                                Sollitt, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Bignot,

                                Mills, Bell, Duffy, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Turley for Sollitt(74), Burgess for Bell(84).

                                Carlisle goal 12.

 

Thu 26.12 Away    Scunthorpe Utd                Drew 0-0                                           4096

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Bignot, Mills, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Gray for Mills(9).

 

Sat 28.12   Home  Oxford Utd                    Lost 0-2                                            4891

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Gray(74).

                                Oxford goals 13, 30.

 

Wed  1.1   Home  Shrewsbury Town              Won  5-1    Darby(9/39), Gray(41), Lowe(61),

                                                                     Hall(70)                               4144

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Duffy for Darby(45), Burgess for Bell(68), Sambrook for Lowe(88).

                                Shrewsbury goal 46.

 

Sat  4.1    Away   Torquay Utd                   Drew 1-1     Darby(57)                             2651

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Burgess(45).

                                Torquay goal 39p.

 

Sat 11.1    Away   Kidderminster Harriers        Won  2-0    Hall(15/69)                           3417

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Duffy for Darby(52), Sambrook for Lowe(89).

 

Sat 18.1    Home  Cambridge Utd                 Won  4-1    Gray(39), Bell(59), Hall(85/90).    5206

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Burgess, Gray,

                                Bignot, Bell, Sambrook, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Setchell for Underwood(87), Dempster for Hunter(88), Talbot for Lowe(89).

                                Cambridge goal 87p.

 

Sat 25.1    Away   Oxford Utd                    Lost 0-3                                            6508

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Burgess, Gray,

                                Bignot, Bell, Sambrook, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Duffy for Lowe(65), Setchell for Bell(72).

                                Oxford goals 51p, 84, 87.

 

Sat  1.2    Home  Swansea City                   Drew 1-1     Hall(71)                               4046

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Partridge, Burgess,

                                Gray, Bignot, Mills, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Bell for Partridge(61), Wardley for Burgess(80).

                                Swansea goal 16.

 

Sat  8.2    Away   Darlington                      Drew 2-2     Gray(56p), Hall(84)                  2742

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Gray,

                                Bignot, Mills, Bell, Hall, Battersby.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Peters(73), Burgess for Gray(73).

                                Darlington goals 51, 69.

 

Sat 22.2    Away   Southend Utd                  Lost 1-2      Hunter(38)                            6453

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Wardley, Gray, Bignot,

                                Mills, Bell, Hall, Dempster, Battersby.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Mills(36), Darby for Bell(45), Peters for Dempster(78).

                                Southend goals 4, 6.

 

Sat  1.3    Home  York City                       Won  2-1    Wardley(45), og(Brass75)            4463

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Wardley, Darby, Burgess,

                                Bignot, Bell, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Battersby for Darby(77).

                                York goal 90.

 

Tue  4.3    Home  AFC Bournemouth              Won  2-1    Darby(20), Lowe(84p)                4353

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Wardley, Darby, Burgess,

                                Bignot, Bell, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Battersby for Darby(45).

                                Bournemouth goal 43.

 

Sat  8.3    Away   Wrexham                      Lost 0-3                                            3441

                                Turley, Hunter, Wardley, Burgess, Gray, Setchell,

                                Bell, Sambrook, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Battersby for Gray(45), Edwards for Setchell(60), Mills for Dempster(69).

                                Wrexham goals 15, 62, 79.

 

Sat 15.3    Home  Hull City                       Won  4-2    og(Delany2), Hall(68), Lowe(87),

                                                                     Wardley(90).                         4713

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Darby,

                                Burgess, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Gray for Bell(84).

                                Hull goals 59, 63.

 

Tue 18.3    Away   Bury                            Won  1-0    Darby(70)                             2291

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Darby,

                                Bignot, Mills, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Underwood(45), Duffy for Darby(87).

 

Sat 22.3    Away   Boston Utd                     Drew 1-1     Darby(79)                             3504

                                Turley, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Darby, Burgess,

                                Bignot, Bell, Sambrook, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Gray for Hall(83).

                                Boston goal 67.

 

Mon 24.3   Home  Rochdale                       Drew 3-3     Hall(49), Lowe(65/73)               3444

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Darby,

                                Burgess, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Gray for Bell(45).

                                Rochdale goals 27, 63, 87.

 

Sat 29.3    Home  Exeter City                    Won  1-0    Darby(58)                             4921

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Darby,

                                Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Holdsworth for Lowe(69), Mills for Hall(83), Duffy for Darby(87).

 

Sat  5.4    Away   Bristol Rovers                  Won  2-1    Lowe(37/68)                          6736

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Holdsworth,

                                Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Hall(81), Duffy for Holdsworth(84).

                                Bristol goal 3.

 

Sat 12.4    Home  Lincoln City                    Won  1-0    Lowe(19)                              4962

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Darby,

                                Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Holdsworth for Darby(69), Sambrook for Underwood(75).

 

Sat 19.4    Away   Carlisle Utd                    Won  2-1    Wardley(55), Edwards(63)           5468

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Wardley, Holdsworth,

                                Darby, Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Hall.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Bignot(58), Mills for Burgess(82), Bell for Wardley (87).

                                Carlisle goal 80.

 

 

Mon 21.4   Home  Macclesfield Town             Won  3-0    Holdsworth(43/70), Bell(66)         4494

                                Turley, Underwood, Edwards, Holdsworth, Darby,

                                Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Bell, Dempster, Hall.

                                Subs used: Duffy for Darby(87), Talbot for Gray(88), Sambrook for Bignot(88).

 

Sat 26.4    Away   Leyton Orient                  Drew 0-0                                           5180

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Holdsworth, Darby,

                                Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Bell, Hall.

                                Subs used: Lowe for Holdsworth(60).

 

Sat  3.5    Home  Hartlepool Utd                 Drew 1-1     Hall(28)                               6291

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Darby, Burgess,

                                Gray, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Holdsworth for Lowe(89).

                                Hartlepool goal 89.

 

Total           ( played 46, won 24, drew 15, lost  7    goals 73 / 47 = 87pts – Champions / promoted)

 


 

FA Cup

 

Sat 16.11   Away   Kidderminster Hrs (1)         Drew 2-2     Duffy(45/71)                         3079

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Setchell, Bell, Duffy.

                                Subs used: Hall for Darby(45), Partridge for Duffy(83).

                                Kidderminster goals 58, 77.

 

Tue 26.11  Home  Kidderminster Hrs (1r)        Won  2-1    Duffy(36), Wardley(67)             3391

                                Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Darby,

                                Gray, Bignot, Mills, Duffy, Hall.

                                Subs used: Lowe for Darby(45), Bell for Gray(52).

                                Kidderminster goal 73.

 

Sat  7.12   Away   Exeter City (2)                Lost 1-3      Lowe(71)                              2277

                                Sollitt, Underwood, Peters, Wardley, Gray, Bignot,

                                Mills, Duffy, Hall, Dempster, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Darby for Duffy(45), Bell for Hall(48).

                                Exeter goals 20, 62p, 85.

 

 

 

Worthington Cup

 

Tue 10.9    Home  Millwall (1)                    Drew 0-0AET                                          2731

                                                      (Won 5-3 on pens)

                                                      Pens: Gray/Hall/Wardley/Turley/Underwood

                                Turley, Mustafa, Underwood, Peters, Wardley, Partridge,

                                Darby, Gray, Mills, Hall, Dempster.

                                Subs used: Burgess for Mills(49).

 

Wed  2.10  Away   Coventry City (2)              Lost 0-8                                            8750

                                Turley, Mustafa, Hunter, Peters, Wardley, Gray,

                                Mills, Setchell, Bell, Talbot, Hall.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Bell(35), Bignot for Talbot(72), Partridge for Hall(72).

                                Coventry goals 9, 23, 35, 44, 50, 61, 81p, 84.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LDV Vans Trophy

 

Tue 22.10  Away   Cambridge Utd (1)             Lost 0-4                                            2116

                                Sollitt, Peters, Tillson, Gray, Bignot, Mills,

                                Setchell, Bell, Talbot, Duffy, Lowe.

                                Subs used: Hall for Gray(45), Darby for Lowe(45), Wardley for Talbot(72).

                                Cambridge goals 5, 71, 80, 87.

 

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Rushden & Diamonds 1 Hartlepool 1

By Steven Dove

Rushden & Diamonds are going up as champions of the Third Division in an amazing, exciting and nerve-wracking game against Hartlepool which saw Paul Hall grab the vital goal for the home-side.

Chris Westwood grabbed a late goal for Hartlepool to deliver some nail-biting moments for Diamonds but they game ended with Brian’s side lifting the silverware in glorious fashion.

There were scenes of celebrations at the final whistle that will live long in the memories of Diamonds fans as a hard working season finished in style.

Diamonds boss Brian Talbot went into this title decider by recalling Onandi Lowe to the starting line-up. The Jamaican international was on the bench at Leyton Orient and replaced Dean Holdsworth.

Adam Sollitt was placed on the bench as cover for Billy Turley with no place in the squad for Gary Mills, Robert Duffy and Mark Peters.

Hartlepool went into the match with a fully fit squad. Mark Tinkler and former Sheffield Wednesday striker Ritchie Humphrey’s was included in the starting line-up.

Diamonds started the stronger of the two sides with midfielder David Bell and Lowe both having early chances to make the vital breakthrough.

Hartlepool, who knew that they had to win today’s game to secure the championship, threatened on occasions and on seven minutes, Tinkler had a weak effort, which was dealt with by Turley.

The first notable effort of the game arrived on 13 minutes when Underwood’s free-kick with headed over the bar by the rising Lowe.

After 15 minutes: Diamonds 0 Hartlepool 0

Bell’s goal bound effort on 17 minutes was crucial blocked by Tinkler as Diamonds continued to enjoy the majority of the early possession.

Andy Burgess’ screamer flew inches over the Hartlepool crossbar moment later as Diamonds continued to dominate early proceedings.

The game was being controlled by Diamonds and Darby was causing problems for the Hartlepool’s defence.

Marcus Bignot tested Hartlepool goalkeeper Anthony Williams on 26 minutes with the Diamonds defence seeing his shot pushed away by the visiting shot-stopper.

Darby’s chip from outside the area caused few problems for Williams but the deadlock was broken shortly after some neat passing play brought a vital goal for Hall.

The Jamaican international poked home from close range after some delightful passing play involving Stuart Gray and Burgess. The final ball delivered from Bignot after some good hold up play from Darby was inch perfect for Hall to steer the ball home.

After 30 minutes: Diamonds 1 Hartlepool United 0

Gray was gifted a golden opportunity to double Diamonds’ advantage but a vital tackle from Michael Barron denied the former Celtic midfielder an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

With Hartlepool now needing to score twice, it was surprising that the visitors continued to struggle and find a way through the solid Diamonds defence.

There were concerns for Lowe on 41 minutes when an awful tackle from Graeme Lee floored the striker. However, the Jamaican international refused to leave the field and continued.

Lowe let fly on 44 minutes with a long range effort but at the half-time whistle there could be no complaints that Diamonds didn’t deserve their interval lead.

AT HALF TIME: DIAMONDS 1 HARTLEPOOL 0

The second half started in similar vain to how the first period ended, with Diamonds in total control. Hall had an early chance to get a second goal but it trickled wide of the goal.

Turley was called into action on 47 minutes when he had to prevent Eifion Williams from getting on the score sheet with a vital save.

Moments later, Williams tested Turley again as Hartlepool began to find their feet and were looking promising in the opening stages of the second half.

Hartlepool had come out with a different attitude in the second-half and Tinkler’s long drive flew straight into the arms of Turley.

Lowe’s header on 53 minutes was deflected for a corner as Diamonds went in search for a second goal that would surely capture the silverware.

Humphrey’s struck a low drive for the visitors on 55 minutes, which Turley held onto with the visitors enjoying their best spell of the game.

After 60 minutes: Diamonds 1 Hartlepool 0

Diamonds thought they should have been awarded a penalty on 62 minutes when Lowe went tumbling down in the penalty area but the striker was only shown a yellow card for diving.

Hartlepool substitute Kevin Henderson through he should have got his side back on level terms on 67 minutes but the referee ruled the goal out for an infringement on Turley.

Barron had a chance to put Hartlepool back in the game but he wasted a glorious opportunity by blasting wide of the target from 25-yards.

Darby’s hard work was causing Hartlepool all kinds of problem and he could have nicked a goal on 74 minutes but fired wide.

The Peter De Banke Terrace thought Lowe had doubled Diamonds advantage but a vital stop from Barron kept the scores at just 1-0 in the home-sides favour.

After 75 minutes: Diamonds 1 Hartlepool 0

With time running out, Hartlepool kept pushing bodies forward and with the threat of not finishing up, the visitors were desperate to get a goal that would secure second place.

Darby saw a shot blocked on 81 minutes in this fast and furious encounter in a rare effort for Diamonds in the second-half.

Hartlepool kept the pressure on Diamonds and Tinkler had a chance on 85 minutes but saw his shot fizz past Turley’s post.

Turley’s fingertip save from Lee’s shot resulted in Diamonds conceding a corner on 89 minutes and that gave Hartlepool a lifeline with Chris Westwood heading home.

But Diamonds held on nervously as the scenes of the final whistle was of relief and celebration. WE’RE GOING UP AS CHAMPIONS – JUST.

Diamonds: Turley, Underwood, Hunter, Edwards, Darby, Burgess, Gray, Bignot, Bell, Hall, Lowe.

Subs not used: Holdsworth, Sollitt, Talbot, Sambrook, Dempster.

Bookings: Lowe (63), Burgess (75)

Hartlepool: Williams, Robinson, Barron, Lee, Westwood, Tinkler, Humphreys, Williams, Watson (Henderson 45), Clarke (Easter 77), Smith.

Subs not used: Arnison, Widdrington, Provett.

Bookings: Lee (41)

Referee: Mr L.E Cable

Attendance:6,291

Diamonds’ MOTM: The team (they all bloody deserved it)

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