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12th april 2002 


  • Rushden & Diamonds (away ko 3:00pm)

    It's been a couple of years since we last visited LegoLand so it'll be nice to go back there. Be even nicer if we win.

    If we do win and also our final game against Leyton Orient then we shall still have a chance of reaching the play-offs, but only if Shrewsbury, Hartlepool and Scunthorpe all lose.

    If we win but only one of those three teams get a draw then it's all over.

    So there is a chance but only a moggie in a fiery pits chance.

    We are going to have to do it without the services of Drewe Broughton and Scott Stamps though, both are suspended for this game and the next although Stampsie would have missed them anyway after going off injured during the first half of the Lincoln game.

    The interesting bit will be next week against Orient when we find ourselves without these two plus Ian Foster and Abdou Sall who got their marching orders at Bristol Rovers.
    Ian Fosters ban will also continue into next season although if he plays against Moor Green in the WSC that'll be one less.

    Thankfully we have no injuries to add to our problems so Ian Joy will replace Stamps.
    The situation regarding Broughton will probably be solved by playing Foster up front with Henriksen as target man. We could do no worse then putting Matt Lewis on the bench and giving him a run out during the second half as a taste of what might come next season.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Ducros, Williams, Appleby, Davies, Henriksen, Shilton, Bennett, Larkin, Foster, Bird.

    Off field the rumour mill is ticking over quite nicely with Harriers legend, Mike Marsh, supposedly throwing his managerial hat into the ring.
    He's obviously a top choice for the fans but I have my doubts. He has no experience in management and that's something I feel we will need. Enthusiasm is not enough.

    We should be looking at someone that knows all the Football League, including the Premiership, inside out. Ray Graydon fits this bill perfectly.

    Rushden also have their problems. Not with suspensions but injuries.

    They have been without Duane Darby (ankle), Andrew Sambrook (hamstring) and Stuart Gray (achilles) for some time now and now have Richie Hanlon added to the list after pulling his hamstring in last weeks draw at Scunthorpe.

    The only one with a chance of playing against us will be Sambrook but it's only an outside chance.

    Unlike ourselves Rushden made a foray into the transfer market on deadline day when they signed up journeyman striker, Brett Angell, on loan from Walsall until the end of the season.

    Although Angell is a danger up front the real danger must come from a Jamaican international, Onandi Lowe.

    This man has been a scoring machine since he came to Rushden last December from American side Kansas City Wizards. He scored on his debut against Bristol Rovers and hasn't stopped scoring since, although it must be said that quite a few of his goals have been deflections and keeper errors.
    That said, thats what he's there for.

    He's now grabbed 17 goals in just 23 games for Rushden.

    Drewe Broughton. If only!

    Rushden (from):
    Turley, Pennock, Underwood, Peters, Butterworth, Partridge, Burgess, Hall, Hunter, Brady, Setchell, Wardley, Tillson, Thomson, Mustafa, Warburton, Angell, Lowe, Carey, Mills, Naylor.


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