Belper had scored the opening goal on 69 minutes through Ryan Hindley and were "clinging on" a bit as Rushall threw everything at them in an attempt to at least take it to extra time.
The backing from the crowd for the Belper side was the best I've seen in 4 years or so of visiting The Meadow. Flags, horns and the drum plus some "lung-power" created a smashing atmosphere. The game was a tense affair with some good football from both sides but an equal amount of "anxiety-generated" errors! Even so, it was another night to remember down at Christchurch Meadow! Tim Harrison's other pictures are here:
And I am delighted to say that my worries about "afters" in the clubhouse at the end of the game never materialised. The complete opposite was the case in fact with congratulatory comments and "Good Luck!" messages exchanged between their fans, officials and players and ours. A great way to end an exciting evening.
Now here's to Saturday!