Diamonds romped to a fantastic victory at Needham Market on Saturday afternoon.

The opening exchanges were relatively even and thoroughly competitive, with both sides threatening to break the deadlock. Declan Rogers volleyed over and Ben Farrell drove an effort just wide for the visitors, and Joseph Marsden put a free header over the bar for the hosts, but it was Diamonds who took the lead. Rogers curled an effort goalwards that was well parried only for Joel Gyasi to latch onto the rebound and drill an effort across goal that Ben Diamond turned home into an empty net. He almost doubled the lead when his flicked header was tipped over the bar and, after Heath made a comfortable save from a home effort, Gyasi came close to extending the advantage when his shot towards the far corner was well saved. 

That was the final action of the first half, and the first action of the second period saw Diamonds score less than a minute after the kick-off. A superbly-weighted through ball found Diamond running through on goal, and he unselfishly squared the ball across for Jack Bowen to control and slot home into the unguarded net. Needham fought back and pulled one back only moments later when Daniel Morphew headed in a corner from the left, but Rushden didn’t let this affect them and they maintained their composure and level of performance even in the face of increased home possession and territory. Zach Reynolds and Farrell both had attempts saved, but the two-goal lead was re-established in the 70th minute through a terrific 25-yard strike into the top corner by Declan Rogers. This just about out the result beyond doubt, though there was still time for Diamonds to add two more goals through two substitutes. Firstly Tom Lorraine met a Rogers free-kick to head home at the far post, and in the last minute of normal time Albie Hopkins ran through before clipping a neat finish over the keeper to cap a terrific result.

Full Match Report to follow

Diamonds Man of the Match: Ben Diamond

Attendance: 275

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