Season 2010-11

For the 2010/11 season in the newly renamed Blue Square Bet Premier there were a number of changes in personnel, with ten summer signings and a similar number of departures from the club. Star player Lee Tomlin had remained at Nene Park for much of the pre-season period but left to join Peterborough United shortly before the start of the season.

The first three months of the season saw a mixed set of results, including two more victories over local rivals Kettering, including an FA Cup victory at Rockingham Road during October that saw Justin Edinburgh win the manager of the month award. However, a controversial FA Cup exit at Nene Park at the hands of Yeovil Town a few weeks later was a major blow to the club fortunes.

On 1st December 2010 Keith Cousins announced he was stepping down as club chairman, endorsing Liam Beasant and Gary Calder as the new owners of the Football Club. In February 2011 Gary Calder left the club, with Liam Beasant taking over as Chairman, with Steve Beasant coming in as Chief Executive Officer.

On 14th December 2010 the club reported the sad loss of goalkeeper Dale Roberts, one of the most popular players at the club.

At the end of the 2010-11 season the Rushden & Diamonds Youth Team led by Mark Starmer clinched the Midland Youth Cup with a 3-2 victory against Chesterfield at the b2Net Stadium on 19th April 2011. They then completed a double when they clinched the Football Conference Youth Alliance title at the start of May 2011.

On 11th June 2011 the club was expelled from the Football Conference at the Conference AGM.

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 14/08/10 H BSP Fleetwood Town Drew 1-1 Corcoran 1248
Tue 17/08/10 A BSP Bath City Lost 1-2 Porter 876
Sat 21/08/10 A BSP Barrow Lost 0-2 1145
Tue 24/08/10 H BSP AFC Wimbledon Won 1-0 Howe 1365
Sat 28/08/10 H BSP Grimsby Town Won 4-1 Miller, Charles, Howe, Porter (V) (P) 1575
Mon 30/08/10 A BSP Kettering Town Won 1-0 og (P) 2313
Sat 04/09/10 A BSP York City Lost 0-2 2306
Sat 11/09/10 H BSP Newport County Lost 0-1 1351
Sat 18/09/10 A BSP Southport Drew 2-2 Byrne 876
Tue 21/09/10 H BSP Histon Won 2-0 O’Connor, Smith 926
Sun 26/09/10 H BSP Crawley Town Lost 0-1 1162
Wed 29/09/10 A BSP Eastbourne Borough Won 2-0 Howe, Miller 802
Sat 02/10/10 A BSP Altrincham Drew 2-2 Howe, O’Connor 897
Tue 05/10/10 H BSP Darlington Won 2-1 Howe, O’Connor 1034
Sat 09/10/10 H BSP Mansfield Town Won 1-0 Sills 1480
Tue 12/10/10 H HSC1 Daventry United Won 8-0 York, og, Charles/2, Spence/3,   og 101
Sat 16/10/10 A BSP Tamworth Won 2-1 Howe, Power 1002
Sat 23/10/10 A FAC3q Kettering Town Won 2-1 Spence, Howe(pen) (P) 2792
Sat 30/10/10 H BSP Barrow AFC Won 5-0 Charles/2, O’Connor, Porter,   Corcoran (V) 1107
Sat 06/11/10 H FAC1 Yeovil Town Lost 0-1 1666
Tue 09/11/10 A BSP Kidderminster Hrs Lost 0-1 1225
Sat 13/11/10 A BSP Fleetwood Town Drew 1-1 O’Connor 1429
Sat 20/11/10 H BSP York City Lost 0-4 1132
Sat 27/11/10 A BSP Forest Green Rovers Drew 2-2 Power(pen), O’Connor 642
Sat 11/12/10 H FAT1 Eastwood Town Drew 1-1 Howe 657
Sat 01/01/11 A BSP Luton Town Lost 0-3 6928
Mon 03/01/11 H BSP Kettering Town Lost 1-2 Stuart 2216
Sat 08/01/11 H BSP Altrincham Lost 1-2 O’Connor 1024
Tue 11/01/11 A FAT1r Eastwood Town Lost 3-4 AET Farrell, Charles/2 314
Wed 12/01/11 H HSCQF Brackley Town Lost 0-2 149
Tue 18/01/11 A BSP Hayes & Yeading U Drew 3-3 Smith/2, Prosser 307
Sat 22/01/11 A BSP Newport County Won 3-1 Gash, O’Connor, Johnson 1743
Sat 29/01/11 H BSP Tamworth Drew 1-1 Power 1216
Tue 01/02/11 H BSP Cambridge United Won 2-1 Smith, Farrell 1279
Sat 05/02/11 A BSP Cambridge United Won 2-0 O’Connor, Day 2366
Sat 12/02/11 H BSP Gateshead Lost 0-2 874
Tue 22/02/11 H BSP Eastbourne Borough Won 2-0 Cowan-Hall, Oshodi 905
Tue 01/03/11 H BSP Bath City Won 5-1 Gash/4, Charles 804
Sat 05/03/11 H BSP Hayes & Yeading U Drew 1-1 Gash 1129
Tue 08/03/11 H BSP Forest Green Rvrs Drew 2-2 Charles/2 759
Sat 12/03/11 A BSP Wrexham Drew 1-1 Huke 3187
Tue 15/03/11 A BSP Grimsby Town (15) Void 2-1 Power, Johnson 2450
Sat 19/03/11 H BSP Southport Drew 2-2 Johnson, Porter 1061
Tue 22/03/11 H BSP Luton Town Lost 0-1 2459
Sat 26/03/11 A BSP AFC Wimbledon Lost 0-1 3069
Sat 02/04/11 A BSP Mansfield Town Lost 1-2 O’Connor 1758
Tue 05/04/11 A BSP Histon Won 2-0 O’Connor(pen), Huke 368
Sat 09/04/11 H BSP Wrexham Drew 2-2 Shariff, O’Connor 1181
Wed 13/04/11 A BSP Grimsby Town Drew 1-1 Shariff 2071
Sat 16/04/11 A BSP Gateshead Drew 2-2 Shariff/2 701
Fri 22/04/11 A BSP Crawley Town Lost 0-4 3083
Mon 25/04/11 H BSP Kidderminster Hrs Won 2-1 O’Connor(pen), Charles (V) 1569
Sat 30/04/11 A BSP Darlington Lost 0-2 2009

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.

Note 15: Match abandoned after 51 minutes due to fog


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