AFC Rushden & Diamonds 3 Chalfont St. Peter 1

AFC Rushden & Diamonds made it back to back wins on Saturday afternoon with a hard fought 3-1 win against Chalfont St. Peter. After a good start by Diamonds and good middle period of the half from Chalfont it was Tommy Berwick who opened the scoring. Pouncing on a Chalfont mistake and firing home from the edge of the box for his second of the season. The lead was doubled right on half-time as Claudio Hoban smashed home in spectacular fashion for his third stunning goal of the season. Chalfont deservedly pulled one back on the hour as the impressive Victor Osoubo danced through the Diamonds back four and coolly finished from 15 yards. Diamonds pushed for the killer third and it came from Liam Dolman flicking home Hoban’s whipped in left wing cross. 

There was just the one change for Diamonds from the midweek win against Aylesbury United with Liam Dolman replacing Jack Ashton as he did early in that game, Ashton unable to recover from that injury. Courtney Herbert returning from injury to take Dolman’s place on the bench.


Diamonds started brightly in the warm sunshine with Steve Spriggs being played into space on the right three times in the first 6 minutes and firing in dangerous crosses that had Chalfont at full stretch to defend, two at the expense of corners.

They continued to dominate the early exchanges and were winning the ball back regularly in midfield. From one such position Dan Quigley fed Tom Lorraine who burst into the box on the right hand side and fired low but his effort was dragged wide without troubling Hazlett in the Chalfont goal.

Chalfont’s main danger in this early period came from 4 goal winger Victor Osoubu who showed good control and great pace, beating Brad Harris at the end of a good run in the 12th minute but his low cross was well cleared.

After more probing by Diamonds which seemed to have Chalfont right on the edge defensively but without real chances being created Osoubu created another chance for himself on 18. Cutting in from the right hand side he worked a great position but wasted his shot which threatened the clubhouse roof more than the net.

Just 3 minutes later Chalfont did seriously threaten the Diamonds net as they grew into the game. After good build up play a right wing cross was steered towards goal by captain Alan Hadley and with Matt Finlay rooted to the spot the ball came back of his right hand post and fell straight into his arms.

2 minutes later a series of mistakes in the Diamonds defence saw the ball bobble into the path of Anthony Mendy just inside the box and he fired straight and firm but right into Finlay’s arms.

And it was a mistake from the Chalfont back four that lead to Diamonds opener on the half-hour mark. A bit against the run of play at that point Liam Dolman’s long ball forward was miscontrolled by John Sonuga allowing Tommy Berwick to pounce and fire in a low shot from 18 yards that went in off the left-hand post to give Diamonds the lead.

The pattern of play continued with Diamonds steadily pressing and Chalfont breaking quickly. Osoubu always a threat got away down the right on 38 and was noticeably double manned as his cross at the end of a jinking run was blocked for a corner. The corner fell to Chalfont players twice in quick succession but great blocks from the Diamonds back four typified their performance.

Diamonds started to create opportunities again in the final minutes of the half. First Hoban collected a loose ball just outside the box jinked and got himself into space and his shot was saved at full stretch by Hazlett. Then Tommy Berwick came so close to collecting a through ball when clear through. But the vital second goal did come in spectacular fashion in added on time at the end of the half.

Hoban latched onto a loose ball again, drove past his defender and into the left side of the box and crashed a superb effort past the hapless Hazlett to cement his fast growing hero status with the Diamonds faithful.

Half-time:  AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 – Chalfont St. Peter 0

Chalfont started the second half well with a period of careful possession and worked the ball right down the pitch to Mendy on the left who crossed in low and dangerously, Liam Dolman just clearing for a corner as it seemed to be a tap-in for Lansiquout.

Steve Spriggs quickly put Diamonds back on the front foot though getting away down the right, working the space well and firing in a dangerous cross that was also cleared for a corner as Lorraine closed in.

Minutes later they probably should have added a third. A deep cross was punched by keeper Hazlett under pressure from Tommy Berwick only as far as Tom Lorraine who went round Hazlett as he tried to recover but his shot on the empty net was blocked by the retreating Alex Paine.

Osoubu was still the most potent threat for the visitors and he got his side back into the game with an individual goal on 59. Coming in from the left he danced past Brad Harris, dummied Delroy Gordon, and fired home from 15 yards into the bottom corner.

It had come out of nothing really, and in similar fashion Diamonds really should have had a 3rd on 61 as a superb deep ball from Tommy Berwick found Tom Lorraine in lots of space deep in the Chalfont box but he couldn’t control to give himself what would surely have been an easy finish.

After a quiet period following that goal Diamonds built up a sequence of attacks that would have Chalfont right on the edge and would finally bring them a well-earned 3rd. First Sam Brown whipped in a great cross that was just nicked off the head of Tom Lorraine after being found by Liam Dolman from a half-way line free kick. The resultant corner was cleared to edge of the box where Hoban hit a vicious shot that was blocked but a free kick was earned as Chalfont tried to clear. Spriggs fired in the free-kick which was deflected just wide. Finally the resultant corner was worked short and whipped in by Hoban for the late arriving Liam Dolman to flick home in front of the delighted Peter De Banke.


After arriving as a replacement for Tommy Berwick on 79 Scott Joseph got himself right into the game but in unfortunate circumstances. Fed through by Tom Lorraine the ball slightly over ran him and his challenge on the keeper saw him caught in the face. After much debate a yellow card was shown which could easily have been worse.

More substitutions saw Charlie Butt replace Claudio Hoban allowing the youngster a standing ovation by the Diamonds faithful.

Chalfont’s young pacey forwards continued to threaten Diamonds in the later stages, with substitute Reece Chaudry coming closest to creating a nervy finish when clean through and drawing a great block by Matt Finlay.

But Diamonds saw out the game, with Elliot Lamb-Johnson coming close to a 4th denied only by a heavy first touch.

Final Score: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 3 – Chalfont St. Peter 1

Diamonds made it back to back wins to turn a decent start into a good one now sitting on 9 points from 5 games. They got the vital first and the second that had eluded them in previous matches and ran out good 3-1 winners. Hoban and Spriggs were prominent out wide for Diamonds and Bunting and Quigley worked hard to dominate midfield against a pacey attack minded opposition. Matt Finlay made vital saves at key times to keep Diamonds always ahead in the game.

Next week Diamonds start their 2015/2016 FA Cup campaign at fellow Southern League Central Division new comers Kings Langley, before a return to league action on Bank Holiday Monday with the visit of local rivals Bedford Town subject to any FA Cup replays…

Man of the Match: Sam Brown chosen by match sponsors Hevey Building Supplies

Attendance: 455

Match Report by Paul Judd


AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Chalfont St. Peter

17. Matt Finlay

2.   Brad Harris

3.   Sam Brown

4.   Delroy Gordon

5.   Liam Dolman

6.   Dan Quigley

7.   Steve Spriggs

8.   Richard Bunting

9.   Tom Lorraine

10. Tommy Berwick

11. Claudio Hoban


12.  Elliott Lamb-Johnson (for Spriggs 73)

13.  Rhys Redding

14.  Scott Joseph (for Berwick 79)

15.  Charlie Butt (for Hoban 86)

16.  Courtney Herbert

1.   Brendan Hazlett

2.   Baboucarr Jarra

3.   Adam Louth

4.   John Sonuga

5.   Alex Paine

6.   Jack Mullan

7.   Victor Osoubu

8.   Alan Hadley

9.   Aaron Lansiquot

10. Anthony Mendy

11. Lewis Ochoa


12. Reece Chaudry


14. Luke Brooks-Smith

15. Kofi Lockhart-Adams (for Mullan 73)

16. Remmel Clarke

Goals: Berwick (31) Hoban (45+2) Dolman (73)

Goals: Osoubu (59)

Yellow Cards: Bunting (32) Joseph (83)

Yellow Cards: Jarra (25)

Red Cards:

 Red Cards:

Referee: Scott Postin

Assistants: Tom Reeves, Simon Kavanagh


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