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Match preview Vs Rushden & Diamonds

Date: 01-09-06 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 19:45hrs
It's time to repay Rushden for sending us down two seasons ago and now they also find themselves relegated to the non league graveyard it's going to be a sweet vengeance.    Strictly speaking we sent ourselves down but we had the chance to retain a bit of self respect in our home game on March 19th 2005 but threw away the chance as both sides failed to score.    In the final few games of the season Rushden went on a winning run to retain their League 2 place and we went on a kami-kaze mission to send ourselves down that culminated in a shocking defeat at Wycombe a few weeks later.

Now Rushden are on hard times with the money men all gone and the fanbase dwindling faster than a small stream in Southern Britain two months ago.    They have had to learn to cut their cloth, or shoe leather, to suit their needs now and disposed of a host of 'big name'? stars like Drewe Broughton in the close season.

Wayne Hatswell is still there and tomorrow evening he might be up against the one player at the Harriers that knows him inside out.    Yes, Iyseden Christie is back and at last we have someone we know that can get goals.

Doubtful for us is Michael Blackwood after he picked up a knock at Monday's defeat at Woking but he could still make the cut if recovered enough.    Dwaine Lee has now gone to Stevenage and hopefully his place will be taken by Jamie McClen who must now, surely, be back to fitness.

For Rushden Greg Pearson has an injured finger and is doubtful along with Andrew Rigby and Michael Rankine also out injured.

There could also be a change between the sticks after some poor performances from Nicky Eyre in gifting the opposition goals this season.    Daniel Crane could step in for his first appearance of the season.

I think we've waited long enough now for our first home win of the season and with the Christie back I reckon we'll get one.


Harriers from:
Bevan, Taylor, Harkness, Kenna, Cowan, Haworth, Creighton, Whitehead, McGrath, Sedgemore, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Reynolds, Blackwood, Eaton, McClen, Smikle, Sturridge, Christie, White.

Rushden from:
Eyre, Crane, Wilson, Watson, Ashton, Hope, Hatswell, Savage, Fortune-West, Chillingworth, Kelly, Jackson, Tomlin, Berry, Pearson, Shaw, Grainger, Udoji.

Links to Rushden websites here
Previous games against Rushden
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
0 - 0
0 - 0
2002 - 03
2 - 2
0 - 2
3 - 1
2 - 1
2001 - 02
3 - 0
2 - 0
1999 - 00
2 - 0
3 - 5
1998 - 99
0 - 0
1 - 1
1997 - 98
1 - 2
1 - 4
1996 - 97
1 - 0
1 - 0
1 - 1

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