Game 200 – 14 October 1995

Game 200

During the Championship winning season in the Beazer Homes Southern League Premier Division, Rushden & Diamonds reached the milestone of their 200th game.

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Saturday 14 October 1995

Southern League (Beazer Homes)

Premier Division

Gresley Rovers 0 Rushden & Diamonds 3

Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Twelve months earlier, Diamonds had lost on their first visit to the Moat and they were looking to avenge that defeat. They had finished 5th in the League and were looking to secure a place in the Conference during their fourth League campaign. After just nine games, they were flying high in the table with 7 wins, 1 draw, and 1 defeat, while Rovers were mid-table but had only gained one point in their previous four games.

The home side started well with David Taylor going close early on, but Diamonds midfielders Garry Butterworth and Neil Smith soon took control.

The opening goal came on 25 minutes after keeper Stuart Ford tipped over Darren Collins effort. From the corner, the ball was only half cleared and Brendan Hackett crossed the ball back into the area where Al James Hannigan stooped low to head home for his first goal for the club.

Diamonds rarely looked in trouble during the second half and went further ahead on 54 minutes. Andy Kirkup dispossessed Andy Marsden and set Collins clear on goal. Despite being forced wide by the keeper, he checked and turned inside to sidefoot the ball home.

Eight minutes from time, Garry Butterworth added a third. Collins’ cross from the left found Kevin Wilkin at the far post, and his header back into the goalmouth saw Butterworth head home from 8 yards.

Team: Graham Benstead, Tim Wooding, Nick Ashby, Andy Peaks, Neil Smith, Al James Hannigan, Andy Kirkup, Garry Butterworth, Darren Collins, Kevin Wilkin, Brendan Hackett.

Goals: Al James Hannigan 25 (0-1), Darren Collins 54 (0-2), Garry Butterworth 82 (0-3).

Attendance: 808.

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

136

81

33

22

317

151

FA Cup

13

9

1

3

26

11

FA Trophy

12

8

2

2

24

12

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

League Cup

20

12

5

3

44

27

Hillier Senior Cup

13

10

1

2#

43

11

Maunsell Cup

1

1

0

0

2

1

Total

200

123

44

33

467

223

(# = 1 game lost on penalty kicks)

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Game 100 – 12 February 1994

Game 100

During their second season in the Beazer Home Southern League Midland Division Rushden & Diamonds reached the milestone of their 100th game.

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Saturday 12 February 1994

Southern League (Beazer Homes)

Midland Division

Evesham United 1 Rushden & Diamonds 4

Common Road, Evesham

Diamonds visited Common Road in 2nd position in the League table, six points behind VS Rugby, but with 3 games in hand, while the home side resided in 9th position.

Aidy Mann returned to the side after a ten week lay-off with damaged stomach muscles, and he replaced the suspended Andy Peaks.

Diamonds had an excellent start, taking the lead after just 5 minutes when Dale Watkins burst into the penalty area and pulled the ball back for Mickey Nuttell to blast into the top corner. The lead was short lived however as Dave Morbey equalised for the home side with a shot from 25yards which dipped over keeper Kevin Fox.

Despite the setback, Diamonds were allowed space to create several chances. Evesham keeper Billy Turley, later to join Rushden, kept the home side on level terms until just after the half time break. On 48 minutes, Mann’s long ball forward was headed on by Nuttell to Dale Watkins, who appeared to be in an offside position. Despite appeals, the referee waved play on and Watkins played the ball in for Paul York to finish from close range.

On 56 minutes, Diamonds were awarded a penalty when Andy Ryan handled a Glen Beech corner – Nuttell sending the spot kick past Turley. The game was never in doubt and in the final ten minutes, centre half John Flower added a fourth, nodding home after Beech’s free kick had been turned onto the post by Turley.

VS Rugby’s surprise defeat at Dudley Town on the same afternoon saw Diamonds close in on their rivals.

Team: Kevin Fox, Tim Wooding, Dave Johnson, Jon Flower, Paul Richardson, Darrell Page, Glen Beech, Aidy Mann (Paul Coe 83), Mickey Nuttell, Dale Watkins, Paul York.

Goals: Mickey Nuttell 5 (0-1), Dave Morbey 8 (1-1), Paul York 48 (1-2), Mickey Nuttell 56pen (1-3), John Flower 82 (1-4).

Attendance: 244

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

67

42

16

9

147

64

FA Cup

9

6

1

2

15

8

FA Trophy

1

0

0

1

0

1

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

League Cup

12

7

3

2

30

19

Hillier Senior Cup

6

5

0

1

18

4

Total

100

62

22

16

221

106

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