We hadn't got rid of the hoodoo, we had just swapped it round a bit.
To say we started the second half poorly was an understatement. Our ability to pass had disappeared and Rushden, with the half-time introduction of Onandi 'Nancy' Lowe, looked more threatening with a big man up front.
It was Lowe who came up with a glaring miss of his own. Paul Hall, who found space inside the penalty box, went around Stuart Brock but his goalbound shot was cleared off the line by Lee Ayres. It then fell at the feet of Lowe who, with a goal beckoning, smashed the ball against the crossbar. There you go Drewe, you're not alone.
Lee Ayres was having treatment from Jimmy Conway when Rushden almost scored again. Rushden were making the most of the space now available and it was Stuart Wardley who forced Brockie into a save at the foot of the post.
The inevitable came on 67 minutes when former Harrier's favourite, Marcus Bignot, pushed through a defence splitting pass to Wardley who was looking suspiciously offside. With the Harriers players looking for a flag an unmarked Wardley made no mistake from just a few yards out. Questions should be asked as to why the defence had gone AWOL yet again.
Ian Britton decided it was time to ring the changes and bought on Ian Foster for Dean Bennett in an effort to liven up our attack. With time running out for us it was Drewe Broughton who salvaged a bit of pride for us, and himself, when he pulled a goal back.
Coleman sent over a long cross from the right and Broughton leapt high above the Diamonds defence to guide a header into Turley's bottom left hand corner.
For the next 15 minutes it was all Harriers again with the best chance going to Bo Henriksen when he forced the Rushden keeper into a save after good work by Sam Shilton.
Shilton was lucky to still be in the game after being chopped down by Lowe earlier. Lowe was lucky to still be on the field!
was next into the book after a tackle on Duffy, but this was a bit unfair seeing that Duffy had already stumbled before Hinton tried to rob him of the ball. He would have gone down anyway. Cries of 'Cheat' came from the Harriers faithful.
Rushden came close to getting a third goal on 83 minutes when Paul Hall's cross from the right found Lowe but his header went way over from just yards out. Maybe I was wrong about Drewe!
With the time ticking away now would have been a good time to bring on Abdou Sall if he'd been on the bench. Someone to give Rushden the kind of problems they could do without.
Daire Doyle came on for Danny Williams? and minutes later Ian Joy for Sam Shilton?
I know we'd got injury problems but we could try and be a bit more pro-active here!
With four minutes of added time to play a bit more timewasting was played by Rushden. Two minutes of that was wasted on throw-ins.
Eventually the referee booked Duffy for encroaching at a free-kick and then booked Bo for unsporting conduct at the other end. Bo will miss a game soon now he's racked up 5 yellows.
It's now Rushden who go through to the next round with a mouthwatering tie at Exeter City. As for us? well we're still in the LDV and we can now concentrate on the league.
Who needs the FA Cup. It's only a Mickey Mouse cup anyway. Grrrr.