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Vs rushden & diamonds 
Harriers crash at Rushden

Harriers crashed to their first defeat of the season today when they went down 3-1 at Rushden & Diamonds.  They also saw Drewe Broughton getting sent off for arguing with the ref after being already carded earlier.

The game also marked the return of skipper Sean Flynn back from an injury received when he fell over a child's toy on the stairs at his home.  He would soon be regretting his comeback though when his mis-placed defensive header went in from a Rushden corner for their first goal.

From the start Rushden set their stall out with Duane Darby getting booked early doors for a flare up with Abdou Sall.  Abdou was to be taken off injured towards the end of the half after getting kicked in the head by Onandi Lowe.  All through the game the big Rushden striker was making his presence felt.

The first attempt on goal came from a free kick on the edge of the area.  Talbot laid the ball across the face of the penalty area and Gray struck a shot that came back off Stuart Brocks left hand post.

Brockie got to the next effort from a Paul Hall corner that swung in alarmingly.  He just managed to tip it over the bar for another corner.

From this corner Rushden took the lead.  Flynn, who wasn't under any real pressure, headed the ball into his own net at the far post.

The Reds should have pulled one back two minutes later but Dean Bennett shot agonisingly wide after being set up by Bo Henriksen.

On the half hour we went close again when Sean Parrish's cross from the right was headed back into the area by Broughton.  Flynn managed to get a foot to it only for keeper Turley to hold it comfortably above his head.

Lowe was back in action soon after but his shot was scuffed well wide but in the process he elbowed Craig HintonCraig Hinton in the face to leave him with blood streaming down.

Harriers were soon back on the attack when Parrish was denied at the death by a fine tackle from Underwood just as he was about to pull the trigger.

The start of Drewe's downfall came after 42 minutes when he received his first booking for a crude challenge on Dempster that sent him crashing through the advertising boards.

Just before half time Craig Hinton came to the Harriers rescue when he managed to clear the ball with Wardley and Darby ready to pounce at the far post.

HT. 1 - 0

The second half saw the ref continuing to brandish his cards with a booking for Dempster soon after the restart when he kicked the ball away after a tackle on Bo Henriksen.   Harriers were to have the first attempt on goal in this half when Lee Ayres, who had replaced Abdou earlier, had his overhead shot caught by Turley in goal for the Diamonds.

Two minutes later Harriers should have equalised.

A good move involving Bennett, Broughton and Williams set up Parrish whose flicked shot from just inside the area went an inch wide of Turley's right-hand post.

Then came the sending off of Drewe Broughton.  He caught the Rushden defender Hunter with his elbow and the referee showed no hesitation in giving him his second yellow card of the match.  Drewe made it worse by arguing wit him causing him to move to ball ten yards further on.

More heartbreak was to follow for the Reds when Danny WilliamsDanny Williams bought down Darby just inside the area.  Gray scored from the spot easily.

Rushden had got the upper hand now and started to pile on the pressure.  First Brockie saved from Darby by tipping his shot over the bar then he pushed a Wardley volley onto the crossbar.

Amazingly with all the luck going against us we managed to pull a goal back on 77 minutes when Scott Stamps sent in a free kick which Danny Williams slotted into the back of the net from 20yds out.

It wasn't to last long though.  4 minutes later and ten minutes from time Rushden wrapped it up with their third goal.  Lowe beat Lee Ayres to the ball on the left side of the area and slid it across for a simple tap in by Duane Darby.

Although it was the Harriers first reversal against Rushden for some time we can take heart from another good performance.  If only someone would kit Drewe out with a strait jacket.

FT. 3 - 1

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Rushden  subs   cards  xxxxxxxxxx Harriers  subs   cards 
Turley     Brock  
Sambrook     Sall  
Dempster   Stamps
Hunter   Williams
Underwood     Hinton  
Hall     Smith  
Gray     Bennett  
Wardley     Parrish  
Talbot     Broughton
Darby   Flynn  
Lowe     Henriksen  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Sollitt     Danby  
Mustafa     Ayres  
Partridge     Joy  
Burgess     Ducros  
Mills     Foster  

C J Foy (Merseyside)

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