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23rd november 2001 


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

    As with Doncaster a few weeks back there's another chance to renew old Conference acquaintances when we play Rust & Dust tomorrow in our first ever meeting in the Football League.

    We last played each other in April 2000 when we beat them 2-0 at Aggborough in an important match just before the end of the season that saw us gain promotion.

    The match had been built up by the media to be the title decider. It was nothing of the sort, although the Harriers victory was a crushing blow for the Diamonds who until then had thought the title was rightfully theirs because they had paid out a lot of money to achieve promotion.

    They finally achieved their expensive dream a year later when they beat Yeovil to the title.

    After a stuttering start to life in the league they have shown a marked improvement in recent weeks and up till tomorrow have a twelve match unbeaten run.

    The only upset during this run was the very pleasing 7-1 defeat at Cardiff City in the LDV Trophy a month ago.

    The Rusties last game in the league was at home to Scunthorpe mid week when they played out a goalless draw and before that they were away to the mighty Worcester City in the FA Cup.
    That game finished up with a win for Rushden, they now meet Brighton in a televised match in the next round.

    After Tuesday's game the Rushden manager Brian Talbot say's that they have no injury worries for Saturdays game.

    Rushden (from):
    Turley, Underwood, Peters, Butterworth, Partridge, Darby, Burgess, Hall, Hanlon, Sambrook, Hunter, Brady, Pennock, Setchell, Thomson, Duffy, Mustafa, Warburton, Rodwell, Carey, Mills, Gray , Naylor.

    The Harriers worries lie in the non-availability of Ian Foster, Drewe Broughton and Tony Bird all through suspension.

    There is also the problem of Colin Larkin who came off with a hamstring injury during the Lincoln game on Tuesday.

    Hopefully he will be fit enough to accompany Appleby and Henriksen upfront otherwise we shall be struggling for firepower.

    Apart from Larkin there are no other injuries to report and now that Andy Ducros is reaching the peak of his fitness he may be in line for a start.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Stamps, Clarkson, Sall, Hinton, Smith, Blake, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Appleby, Doyle, Hadley, Larkin, Ducros.

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