Season 1997-98

After helping the club avoid relegation in 1996/97, Brian Talbot was confirmed as Head Coach in time for the 1997/98 campaign.

The influx of new players such as Adrian Foster and Paul Underwood gave optimism for 1997/98 but this was soon tempered with only one point being gained from the first four matches. Defeats at the first stages of both the Spalding and FA Cups followed before replacements were introduced such as Darren Bradshaw and Mark Smith. This led to a successful run which elevated the side to 2nd place. However, the legacy of the poor start to the season and eventual lack of cover for injuries and suspensions brought an eventual fourth place finish behind Halifax Town. Darren Collins was once again the top scorer for the club, with 29 league goals.

The game at home to Gateshead on 30th August 1997 was the 300th in the Diamonds History – see here for a reflection on that milestone.

See below for a match summary as well as links to match reports. The final league table for the season can be seen here.

See here for a detailed summary of all the games during the season, including team-line up for each game and match timings.

Date V Lge Opponent Result Scorers Att
Sat 16/08/97 H Conf Northwich Vic Lost 0-1 2302
Wed 20/08/97 A Conf Farnborough Tn Lost 0-2 905
Sat 23/08/97 A Conf Leek Town Lost 0-2 809
Mon 25/08/97 H Conf Hednesford Town Drew 1-1 Collins 2468
Sat 30/08/97 H Conf Gateshead Won 3-2 Mison, Ndah, Collins 2211
Tue 02/09/97 A Conf Slough Town Won 2-1 Collins, Mison 872
Sat 06/09/97 A Conf Cheltenham Town Lost 0-2 1612
Sat 13/09/97 H Conf Farnborough Tn Drew 5-5 Foster/4, Underwood (V) 2051
Sat 20/09/97 A Conf Yeovil Town Won 2-1 Collins, Hackett 2317
Sat 27/09/97 A Conf Southport Lost 2-3 Foster, Rawle 1116
Sat 04/10/97 H Conf Woking Won 2-1 Mison, Foster 2837
Tue 07/10/97 A SC1 Hayes Lost 0-2 438
Sat 11/10/97 H Conf Hereford Utd Won 1-0 Collins 2728
Sat 18/10/97 A Conf Kidderminster H Won 2-1 Mison, Cramman 2210
Sat 25/10/97 H FAC4q Boreham Wood Drew 1-1 Butterworth 2107
Tue 28/10/97 A FAC4qr Boreham Wood Lost 0-1 AET 704
Sat 01/11/97 H Conf Slough Town Lost 0-1 2193
Sat 08/11/97 A Conf Welling Utd Won 1-0 Underwood 833
Sat 15/11/97 H Conf Kidderminster H Won 4-1 Barnwell/3, Collins 2234
Tue 18/11/97 A NHSCQF Brackley Town Won 3-1 Collins/3 245
Sat 22/11/97 A Conf Morecambe Lost 1-3 Capone 1449
Tue 25/11/97 H Conf Kettering Town Won 1-0 Collins 3866
Sat 29/11/97 H Conf Hayes Lost 1-3 og 2158
Sat 06/12/97 A Conf Northwich Vic Won 4-2 og, Capone, Collins/2 942
Sat 13/12/97 H Conf Dover Athletic Won 4-1 Collins/2, West/2 2284
Sat 20/12/97 A Conf Hayes Won 2-1 Collins, Hackett 679
Fri 26/12/97 H Conf Stevenage Boro Won 2-0 West, Capone 3527
Thu 01/01/98 A Conf Stevenage Boro Lost 1-2 Collins 3107
Sat 10/01/98 H FAT1 Farnborough Tn Won 3-2 Cramman, Collins/2 2164
Sat 17/01/98 H Conf Southport Won 1-0 Collins 2477
Sat 24/01/98 A Conf Dover Athletic Won 3-0 Underwood, Alford/2 1280
Tue 27/01/98 H NHSCSF Raunds Town Lost 0-1 868
Sat 31/01/98 A FAT2 Cheltenham Town Lost 1-3 Collins 2058
Sat 07/02/98 H Conf Halifax Town Won 4-0 Collins/2, Butterworth,   Underwood (V) 3675
Sat 14/02/98 A Conf Gateshead Lost 1-2 Collins 616
Sat 21/02/98 A Conf Kettering Town Won 4-0 Mison, Underwood, West/2 (V) 4016
Sat 28/02/98 H Conf Stalybridge Ctc Won 3-0 Mison, Collins, Foster 2470
Sat 07/03/98 H Conf Cheltenham Town Won 4-1 Cramman, Collins, Foster, Cooper 3857
Sat 14/03/98 A Conf Woking Won 2-0 Mison, Foster 3930
Sat 21/03/98 A Conf Halifax Town Lost 0-2 3951
Mon 23/03/98 A Conf Hednesford Town Won 1-0 Hamsher 1342
Sat 28/03/98 H Conf Morecambe Drew 3-3 Collins/2, Underwood 2758
Sat 04/04/98 A Conf Telford Utd Lost 2-4 Collins, Cooper 856
Mon 13/04/98 A Conf Stalybridge Ctc Won 4-2 Collins/3, Cooper 952
Sat 18/04/98 H Conf Leek Town Lost 0-1 2064
Tue 21/04/98 H Conf Yeovil Town Drew 2-2 Collins, Mehew 1784
Sat 25/04/98 A Conf Hereford Utd Drew 1-1 Collins 3055
Tue 28/04/98 H Conf Welling Utd Lost 0-1 1459
Sat 02/05/98 H Conf Telford Utd Won 3-2 Collins/2, West 2197

Note – those games with a (P) in the scorers column will have match photos in the report, and those with a (V) will have a link to video highlights of the game.

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