Rushden & Diamonds Summary 2004/05

 

 

2004 / 2005    Coca Cola League Two

 

Sat  7.8    Home  Kidderminster Harriers        Drew 0-0                                           2699

                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Allen, Gier,

                                Hay, Gray, Bell, Burgess, Braniff.

                                Subs used: Kelly for Mills(71), Dove for Hay(82).

 

Tue 10.8    Away   Northampton Town            Lost 0-1                                            7107

                                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Allen, Hay,

                                Gray, Burgess, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Jackson for Dove(77).

                                Northampton goal 74.

 

Sat 14.8    Away   Lincoln City                    Won  3-1    Braniff(39), Hay(69), Dove(89)      4127

                                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Allen, Hay,

                                Gray, Burgess, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Nil.

                                Lincoln goal 55.

 

Sat 21.8    Home  Grimsby Town                  Won  1-0    Braniff(71)                           2924

                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Allen, Gier,

                                Hay, Gray, Bell, Burgess, Braniff.

                                Subs used: Dove for Bell(56).

 

Sat 28.8    Away   Yeovil Town                    Lost 1-3      Mills(83)                              5088

                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Gier, Hay,

                                Gray, Bell, Burgess, Braniff, Gulliver.

                                Subs used: Dove for Burgess(64), Jackson for Hay(76).

                                Swindon goals 17, 43, 45.

 

Mon 30.8   Home  Bristol Rovers                  Drew 0-0                                           3367                 Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Gier, Hay,

                                Gray, Bell, Burgess, Braniff, Gulliver.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

Sat 4.9     Home  Southend Utd                  Lost 1-4      Burgess(50)                           2804

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Hay, Gray,

                                Bell, Burgess, Braniff, Gulliver, Kelly.

                                Subs used: Dove for Kelly(22), Sambrook for Connelly(25), Allen for Gray(62).

                                Southend goals 19, 54p, 70, 90.

 

Sat 11.9    Away   Oxford Utd                    Drew 0-0                                           4756

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Allen, Hay,

                                Gray, Bell, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Mills(29), Taylor for Braniff(70).

 

Sat 18.9    Home  Cheltenham Town              Won  1-0    Braniff(31)                           2601

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Bell,

                                Burgess, Dempster, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Braniff(83).

 

Sat 25.9    Away   Swansea City                   Lost 0-1                                            7410

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Bell,

                                Burgess, Dempster, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Dempster(HT).

                                Swansea goal 36.

 

Sat 2.10    Home  Rochdale                       Drew 0-0                                           2619

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Bell,

                                Burgess, Sambrook, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Kelly for Braniff(HT), Taylor for Dove(66).

 

Fri 8.10     Away   Shrewsbury Town              Won  1-0    Dove(45)                              3882

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Gray,

                                Bell, Burgess, Gulliver, Dove, Taylor.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Gray(76).

 

Sat 16.10   Home  Chester City                   Lost 0-1                                            2735

                      Turley, Connelly, Allen, Hay, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Dempster, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Gier for Allen(HT), Mulligan for Dove(61).

                                Chester goal 77.

 

Tue 19.10  Away   Wycombe Wanderers          Drew 1-1     Mulligan(18)                          3844

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Burgess(47), Gier for Dove(72).

                                Wycombe goal 14.

 

Sat 23.10   Away   Bury                            Drew 1-1     Hay(57)                               2672

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Gray,

                                Broughton, Dempster, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Sambrook for Broughton(81), Braniff for Mulligan(90).

                                Bury goal 64.

 

Sat 30.10   Home  Notts County                  Won  5-1    Broughton(1/11/68p), Dove(41/53)  3504

                      Turley, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay, Gray,

                                Bell, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Broughton(76), Kelly for Dove(85).

                                Notts Co goal 55.

 

Sat  6.11   Home  Darlington                      Lost 1-2      Mulligan(85)                          3036

                      Turley, Allen, Gier, Hay, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Connelly for Gier(27).

                                Darlington goals 21, 82.

 

Sat 20.11   Away   Cambridge Utd                 Lost 1-3      Broughton(41)                        3466

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Gray,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Bell for Hay(56), Robinson for Dove(71).

                                Cambridge goals 5, 10, 52.

 

Sat 27.11   Home  Macclesfield Town             Lost 0-2                                            2643

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Hay for Bell(69), Robinson for Dove(78).

                                Macclesfield goals 43, 89.

 

Wed  8.12  Away   Boston Utd                     Lost 0-1                                            2334

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Hay for Dove(69), Sambrook for Bell(85), Taylor for Connelly(89).

                                Boston goal 27.

 

Sat 11.12   Away   Mansfield Town                Drew 0-0                                           3776

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Hay for Dove(56), Sambrook for Bell(56), Taylor for Broughton(87).

 

Sat 18.12   Home  Scunthorpe Utd                Lost 1-3      Mulligan(4)                           3198

                      Turley, Hawkins, Gier, Hay, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Sambrook, Gulliver, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Nil.

                                Scunthorpe goals 31, 48, 90.

 

 

 

Sun 26.12  Home  Oxford Utd                    Drew 3-3     Dove(37), Bell(51), Taylor(62)       4140

                      Worgan, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay, Gray,

                                Bell, Burgess, Sambrook, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Mulligan(12), Connelly for Sambrook(79).

                                Oxford goals 14, 42, 77.

 

Tue 28.12  Away   Leyton Orient                  Drew 2-2     Hay(28), Dove(64)                    3777

                      Worgan, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay,

                                Gray, Bell, Burgess, Dove, Taylor.

                                Subs used: Gulliver for Dove(90).

                                Orient goals 89, 90.

 

Sat  1.1    Away   Southend Utd                  Lost 0-3                                            5930

                      Worgan, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay, Gray,

                                Bell, Burgess, Dempster, Dove, Taylor.

                                Subs used: Gulliver for Gray(42), Kennedy for Dempster(59)

                                Southend goals 17, 59, 90.

 

Mon  3.1    Home  Swansea City                   Lost 0-2                                            3382

                      Worgan, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay,

                                Bell, Burgess, Dove, Mulligan, Kennedy.

                                Subs used: Kelly for Dove(56), Taylor for Hay(70), Duffy for Kennedy(76)

                                Swansea goals 4, 21.

 

Sat  8.1    Home  Shrewsbury Town              Drew 0-0                                           2829

                      Blayney, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay,

                                Bell, Burgess, Littlejohn, Dove, Mulligan.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Mulligan(73), Kelly for Dove(90), Dempster for Bell(90).

 

Sat 15.1    Away   Cheltenham Town              Lost 1-4      Taylor(30)                            3160

                      Blayney, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Hay,

                                Bell, Burgess, Littlejohn, Dove, Taylor.

                                Subs used: Kennedy for Hay(74), Kelly for Dove(74).

                                Cheltenham goals 9, 26, 58, 69p.

 

Ernie Tippett relieved as Manager 18.1

Barry Hunter appointed as Caretaker Manager 18.1

 

Sat 22.1    Home  Leyton Orient                  Won  2-0    Gier(86), Bell(90)                    3288

                      Blayney, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Sharp, Bell,

                                Burgess, Littlejohn, Gulliver, Dove, Kelly.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Sharp(73).

 

Sat 29.1    Away   Rochdale                       Lost 0-2                                            2664

                      Blayney, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Sharp, Bell,

                                Burgess, Littlejohn, Gulliver, Dove, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Littlejohn(67), Hay for Dove(75).

                                Rochdale goals 56, 81.

 

Sat  5.2    Away   Chester City                   Lost 1-3      Sharp(86)                             2340

                      Worgan, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Sharp, Bell,

                                Burgess, Littlejohn, Gulliver, Dove, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Gray for Dove(42), Hay for Littlejohn(HT).

                                Chester goals 15, 38, 74.

 

Sat 12.2    Home  Wycombe Wanderers          Lost 1-2      Allen(50)                             3490

                      Worgan, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Gulliver(39), Hay for McCafferty(84).

                                Wycombe goals 73, 90.

 

 

 

 

Sat 19.2    Away   Notts County                  Drew 1-1     Sharp(52)                             4556

                      Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Gier, Gray,

                                Sharp, Bell, Burgess, Broughton, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Dempster for Allen(HT).

                                Notts Co goal 54p.

 

Tue 22.2    Home  Bury                            Won  3-0    Sharp(30), Gier(43), Bell(45)        1803

                      Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Broughton, Dempster, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Littlejohn for Broughton(79), Hay for Gray(81).

 

Sat 26.2    Home  Mansfield Town                Drew 0-0                                           3096

                      Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Broughton, Dempster, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Littlejohn for Sharp(88).

 

Sat  5.3    Away   Scunthorpe Utd                Lost 0-1                                            4932

                      Worgan, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Hay, Gray,

                                Sharp, Burgess, Broughton, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Littlejohn for Burgess(70).

                                Scunthorpe goal 90.

 

Sat 12.3    Home  Northampton Town            Won  3-2    Hawkins(6), Broughton(56p), Sharp(90) 5520

                      Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Broughton, Dove, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Hay for Dove(67), Littlejohn for Bell(78), Taylor for Broughton(89).

                                Northampton goals 45, 51.

 

Sat 19.3    Away   Kidderminster Harriers        Drew 0-0                                           3860

                Shearer, Connelly, Gier, Hay, Gray, Sharp,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Dove, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Kelly for Dove(81), Littlejohn for Sharp(90).

 

Barry Hunter appointed as Manager 24.3

 

Fri 25.3     Home  Lincoln City                    Lost 1-4      Sharp(9)                              4213

                Shearer, Connelly, Gier, Hay, Gray, Sharp,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, Dove, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Littlejohn for Dove(82), Kelly for Burgess(86).

                                Lincoln goals 20, 74, 79, 84.

 

Mon 28.3   Away   Grimsby Town                  Drew 0-0                                           4566

                Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Gulliver, Dove, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Littlejohn for Sharp(72), Hay for Dove(75).

 

Sat  2.4    Home  Yeovil Town                    Won  2-0    Gray(82), Sharp(88)                 3726

                Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Littlejohn, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Littlejohn(85), Hay for Bell(90).

 

Sat  9.4    Away   Bristol Rovers                  Lost 0-3                                            5740

                Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Littlejohn, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Littlejohn(63), Hay for Sharp(78).

                                Bristol goals 22, 59, 83.

 

Sat 16.4    Home  Boston Utd                     Won  4-2    Broughton(26), Sharp(54/64/83)    3671

                Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gier, Gray, Sharp,

                                Bell, Burgess, Littlejohn, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Broughton for Littlejohn(22), Hay for Bell(86), Gulliver for Sharp(90).

                                Boston goals: 12p, 34.

 

 

 

Sat 23.4    Away   Darlington                      Lost 0-2                                            4579

                Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Gray, Sharp, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Gulliver, McCafferty, Williams.

                                Subs used: Taylor for Broughton(76), Hay for Bell(81).

                                Darlington goals 49p, 54p.

 

Sat 30.4    Home  Cambridge Utd                 Lost 0-1                                            5104

                Shearer, Connelly, Hawkins, Hay, Gray, Bell,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Dempster, Gulliver, McCafferty.

                                Subs used: Dove for McCafferty(12), Hunter for Dempster(74).

                                Cambridge goal 29p.

 

Sat  7.5    Away   Macclesfield                   Lost 0-1                                            2658

                Shearer, Gier, Hay, Gray, Bell, Burgess,

                                Broughton, Dempster, Gulliver, Dove, Kelly

                                Subs used: Jackson for Dove(69), Taylor for Broughton(72), Wark for Dempster(80)

                                Macclesfield goal 60.

 

Total           ( played 46, won 10, drew 14, lost 22    goals 42 / 63 = 44pts –  22nd)

 

 

 

 

FA Cup

 

Sat 13.11   Away   Bradford City(1)               Won  1-0    Robinson(88)                          4171

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Gray,

                                Burgess, Robinson, Gulliver, Dove, Taylor.

                                Subs used: Nil.

 

Sat  4.12   Home  Colchester Utd(2)             Lost 2-5      Broughton(82), Gray(86)             3077

                      Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Gray,

                                Burgess, Broughton, Robinson, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Bell for Hay(56), Gier for Allen(66), Kelly for Dove(71).

                                Colcchester goals 4, 25, 35, 47, 90.

 

 

Carling Cup

 

Tue 24.8    Home  Swindon Town (1)              Lost 0-1                                            1672

                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Mills, Gier, Hay,

                                Gray, Bell, Burgess, Braniff, Gulliver.

                                Subs used: Dove for Bell(85), Kelly for Hay(85).

                                Swindon goal 90.

 

 

LDV Vans Trophy

 

Tue 28.9    Away   Walsall (1)                     Lost 0-1                                            2987

                Turley, Connelly, Hawkins, Allen, Hay, Bell,

                                Burgess, Sambrook, Braniff, Gulliver, Dove.

                                Subs used: Kennedy for Sambrook(83).

                                Walsall goal 75.

             

 

Maunsell Cup

 

Tue 14.9    Home  Northampton Town (SF)       Lost 0-2                                            484

                Worgan, Burndam, Wark, Okuonghae, Hodges, Ioannou,

                                Kelly, Kennedy, Taylor, Jackson, Shaw.

                                Subs used: Stead for Ioannou(69), Manangu for Jackson(80), Reid for Kelly(88).

                                Northampton goals 34, 51.

 

Macclesfield Town 1 Rushden & Diamonds 0

Diamonds away day hoodoo continued as they fell to their third successive defeat at the end of a long and dismal season in a game which they controlled for long periods, only to see the hosts grab all three points they needed to guarantee their play -off place.

Rushden and Diamonds made three changes to the starting line-up for their trip to Cheshire to face Macclesfield at Moss Rose.Sean Connelly did not travel with the squad and Peter Hawkins missed out through injury whilst Neil McCafferty’s loan spell at the club ended with last weeks game against Cambridge.Rob Gier returned from suspension and started in a back three alongside John Dempster and Phil Gulliver.In midfield Marcus Kelly started on the left flank with Craig Dove on the right, with a central threesome of Andy Burgess, Stuart Gray and David Bell.

Diamonds had the opening opportunity of the first half as Drewe Broughton played in Alex Hay who blasted his angled drive over Alan Fettis’ crossbar, inside the first minute.

The hosts had the greater of the early pressure and forced several corners inside the opening 6 minutes but could only muster a deflected Matthew Tipton shot, that went wide of Scott Shearer’s left post and that was as close as they came for the whole half.

Diamonds paved a greater way into the game as time wore on and Burgess was extremely unlucky to see his strong shot from 20 yards rebounded away by the keeper after a bursting run through the centre, on 14 minutes.Five minutes later Broughton’s diving header from a Dove right wing cross went narrowly wide.

Despite some possession Macclesfield were rarely threatening and Diamonds again came close after Bell had worked hard to regain possession in the box before setting up Gray who smashed wide from just inside the box, towards the right, after 33 minutes. Then three minutes before the end of the first half Bell saw his low strike have Fettis desperately scrambling down to his left, but it went narrowly wide.

Burgess smashed over the bar in front of the contingent of Diamonds travelling fans at the start of the second half before Macclesfield’s best chance of the game at that point when Paul Harsley stabbed wide of Shearer’s left post after Tipton’s clever thinking had set him up, after 50 minutes.

Broughton shot straight at Fettis before Diamonds saw Hay play in Gray only for Fettis to make himself big, however the rebound still had to be cleared away in a moment of worry, by Mark Boyd.The clearance proved to be Boyd’s last action of the game as he was replaced by Matthew Carragher on 55 minutes.

A momentary lapse in concentration by the Diamonds saw them sliced open with a ball through to Jon Parkin who raced onwards before a fine challenge from Kelly prevented any further danger, however moments later the Diamonds were behind.Kevin McIntyre crossed a dangerous ball into the box from the left flank which Parkin stabbed home at Shearer’s far post from a matter of yards to give the Silkmen a fortunate lead, after 60 minutes.

Having gone behind Diamonds made a change on 70 minutes as Simeon Jackson replaced Craig Dove, with Hay dropping back to the right of midfield.Jason Taylor soon followed Jackson in making his way onto the pitch replacing Broughton after 73 minutes.In between the two changes Macclesfield threatened to make the game safe as Parkin cut the ball back to Harsley who shot strongly from the edges of the area, only to see Shearer save at full strength low to his left.

Shearer again pulled off heroics to deny another Harsley smash on 75 minutes, with Tipton heading the rebound across goal and wide, with Jon Miles being the man who had picked out Harsley.

Macclesfield made their second change to bring off Tipton for Kevin Townson on 79 minutes. Diamonds final change came on 82 minutes when Scott Wark replaced John Dempster; moments after Parkin had seen his header tipped over Shearer’s bar.

Late on Gray’s slip in the centre allowed Harsley to burst forward before finding Parkin who laid the ball backwards to McIntyre who saw Shearer save his shot, then Shearer pulled off two fine saves in succession as he denied both Parkin and Miles to keep the score down.

As the final whistle sounded to spark jubilant scenes from the Silkmen fans the Diamonds fans will just have been thankful that the season has come to a close.Whilst the Silkmen now chase for a play-off victory to see them into League One. The Diamonds know they have much work to do in preparation for another League Two season which kicks off on August 6th.

 

Scott Shearer highly respected by Lee Worgan today pulled off many great saves to keep thescoreline deficit at 1-0

TEAMS:

Macclesfield Town:

Fettis, Bailey, Harsley, Parkin, Tipton (Townson 79), Miles, Whitaker, Boyd (Carragher 55), Morley, McIntyre, Swailes.Subs not used: Wilson, Barras, Mackenzie.

Rushden and Diamonds:

Shearer, Gier, Hay, Gray, Bell, Burgess, Broughton (Taylor 73), Dempster (Wark 82), Gulliver, Dove (Jackson 70), Kelly.Subs not used: Sambrook, Worgan.

Referee: Mr Miller.

Goals: Parkin 60.

Attendance: 2658

Diamonds Man of the Match: Scott Shearer (fine saves prevented a bigger deficit).

By Rich Beeby

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