Diamonds lost only their second home game of the season as second-placed Stourbridge came from behind to win on Saturday afternoon.

The opening fifteen minutes were very quiet with little goalmouth action, apart from Aaron Forde whose strike from the edge of the area was just about turned round the post by Ben Heath. Diamonds took the lead with their real opportunity of the match when Nathan Hicks was found by Tom Lorraine, and he powered away from a defender before cleverly flicking an effort past the keeper and into the corner of the net with the outside of his right foot. The visitors stepped up their efforts from here with a number of incisive attacks and quick link-up play and, after striker Kaiman Anderson shot narrowly over, they equalised in the 35th minute. Anderson fed Robert Thompson-Brown around 30 yards from goal, and he slammed a low effort past Heath and into the back of the net.

The second half picked up where the first period had left off, with Stourbridge trying to force the issue and holding more possession but Rushden looking threatening on the counter-attack. The away side should have taken the lead when a deep free-kick found defender Aaron Hayden completely free, but he headed over from 8 yards out. Down the other end Hicks was found just inside the area, and he skipped inside from the left before flashing a shot towards the far corner that required the keeper to dive and superbly palm it away. Alex Collard then made a terrific goal-saving block to deny Anderson, and Sam Brown also did excellently to get back and stop winger Callum Powell getting an effort in on goal. The visitors introduced Luke Benbow, and within a couple of minutes of coming on he gave Stourbridge the lead. The ball looped up in the area before dropping to the substitute at point-blank range, and he slammed the loose ball home despite Jack Westbrook’s best efforts on the line. Diamonds tried to get back into the game, but it was the visitors who came the nearest to scoring any more goals especially when Benbow curled just wide of the far post. Rushden brought on Jack Bowen, John Dean and Ben Farrell but, aside from Farrell having a long-range strike held by the keeper, they weren’t able to get back into the game as they were consigned to defeat.

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Diamonds Man of the Match (chosen by match sponsor Phoenix Configuration Management Ltd.) Alex Collard

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