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League Two Table

  PGDPts
1Portsmouth463987
2Plymouth462587
3Doncaster463085

4Luton462777
5Exeter461971
6Carlisle46171
7Blackpool462370

8Colchester461069
9Wycombe46569
10Stevenage46467
11Cambridge Utd46866
12Mansfield46466
13Accrington Stanley46365
14Grimsby46-462
15Barnet46-757
16Notts County46-2256
17Crewe46-955
18Morecambe46-2052
19Crawley Town46-1851
20Yeovil46-1550
21Cheltenham46-2050
22Newport County46-2248

23Hartlepool46-2146
24Leyton Orient46-4036

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Question of the Week

Will you attend any Checkatrade Trophy games next season?

All of them
All home games
The odd game
Knock out games
Final only
Total boycott


No Plan B
No Plan B

Howe-zat

By: Paul Neal
Date: 28/08/2010

TOWN lined up Arthur/Samuels, Kempson, Watt, Wood/Gobern, Hudson, Cummings, Eagle/Peacock, Connell. Town were second best for the entire 1st half but it took Rushden 40 mins to score with the right back Miller heading in a corner.

Basically Town never got going - maybe the constant change of balls (5th one used just after the 30 min mark) didn't suit them! Samuels looked lightweight at full back although the left winger would've given Peter Bore a good game.

Within 2 mins of the restart Town were level - Peacock's inside right run being neatly converted by Hudson in front of the 541 away support. However, just before the hour mark came the turning point. Arthur picked up an injury and threw the ball out for a throw in to receive treatment. Sadly he was not fit to continue. Within minutes, Watt unluckily slipped on the now very wet surface - this left Charles 1 v 1 against an injured keeper with the inevitable result. Rushden sensed a weakness and went for the jugular and on the hour mark it became 3-1 - a very good finish which arguably a fit Arthur would not have saved. On 65 mins it was 4-1 - it has to be said that a fit Arthur would almost certainly have saved this one. Cue another 6 mins and Arthur did actually make a very routine save - too little too late.

The rest of the game became pretty meaningless as Town fans left in their droves, so I won't bore you with the details. Rene Howe played very well for Rushden and kept the Town defence on their toes all game. It would have been a lot more interesting if Town had a proper keeper for the entire 90 mins.

The debate will no doubt rage about whether the Town bench should have a reserve keeper. Woods plays the percentages game and rightly points out that it is rare to have the need to bring on a keeper as sub. In which case there has to be a plan B, ie an outfield player that can take the gloves - sadly that didn't happen. Incidentally Thanoj was on the bench today and his chances of making an appearance would have been little over nil. In which case, Rob Peet (whatever his ability) would have been a more useful sub and a more useful keeper than an injured Kenny Arthur.

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