Diamonds were comprehensively defeated in their penultimate away game of the season at play-off outsiders Coalville on Saturday afternoon.

The first 25 minutes were largely even, with the hosts shading the possession and territory but with Diamonds looking dangerous on the counter-attack. Alex Collard had a header that sailed wide and Nathan Hicks almost found Tom Lorraine at close-range following a strong and direct run, but Colaville took the lead in the 28th minute. A pinpoint delivery from the right found striker Timothy Berridge, and he headed into the corner of the net. Andrew Wright almost doubled the lead moments later with a dipping shot that went just wide, but they got another goal eight minutes from the end of the half. A defensive mistake saw Berridge pick up a loose ball in the area and, with Ben Heath out of his goal, the striker curled home into the unguarded net. They then had a goal ruled out for offside soon after the restart, and Diamonds thought they had pulled one back in stoppage-time at the end of the half only for the offside flag to rule out the goal again.

Jack Ashton replaced Jack Westbrook at the interval, with Liam Dolman taking up a position in midfield, but Coalville picked up where they left off and went further ahead in the 59th minute. A bobbling shot from Wright following a short corner was flicked up by full-back Scott McManus, and it looped past Heath and in off the far post.  In many ways it was a case of how many from there on in as Diamonds’ heads began to drop and, after striker Kairo Mitchell had smacked the crossbar and another couple of good openings, Berridge completed his hat-trick by cleverly lobbing over Heath to make it 4-0. Substitute Sam Johnson and Lorraine had efforts easily held as Rushden sensed a consolation, but instead Coalville added another and completed the scoring when substitute Tolani Omotola reacted first to a saved free-kick to head home. 

Full Match Report to follow

Attendance: 265


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