Bugbrooke St Michaels U18 3 AFC Rushden & Diamonds U18 2

Bugbrooke St. Michaels 3-2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds U18

Northants Senior Youth League

AFC Rushden & Diamonds U18s slipped to narrow defeat at Bugbrooke, in a game that was perhaps not as entertaining as the scoreline might suggest. The match was a warm-up for the Diamonds’ first ever FA Youth Cup tie, which will be played between the two clubs at the Dog & Duck on Monday 23rd September.

The hosts got off to a great start, taking the lead with 5 minutes on the clock. The Rushden defence lost possession cheaply just outside their own box, with the ball being played through to Joe Howarth who scored with a good finish from the edge of the box.

The Badgers continued to press, but their momentum was broken up when captain Joe Wakelin picked up a nasty looking injury in the 14th minute, and was taken to hospital. The club would like to wish Joe a full and speedy recovery.

Rushden upped their game after the unfortunate stoppage, but struggled to create much. One chance on 22 minutes saw an Omar Ghavami header brilliantly saved by the home ‘keeper. Eventually, the Diamonds did manage to force an equaliser though. Deep into first half stoppage time, a dangerous left wing free kick from Tommy Messinger went straight through the crowded penalty area and found it’s way into the bottom corner with no one managing to get a touch on it.

HT: Bugbrooke St. Michaels 1-1 AFC Rushden & Diamonds U18

Bugbrooke again got off to a good start after the break, scoring within 2 minutes of the restart. A right wing free kick flicked off the head of Ryan Bhatti, and was met by Jamie Inwood who scored with a brilliant far post header.

The impressive Howarth went close to doubling his tally on 70 minutes but curled his shot just wide of the post, before the Diamonds had a strong penalty appeal for handball turned down.

With 8 minutes remaining Rushden equalised for a second time. Good play between Matty Smith and Ben Roche saw the ball worked in to Savvas Hamp who smashed the ball into the top corner from 15 yards.

But with the visitors thinking they had snatched a draw, the Badgers won it with just a minute of normal time remaining. Elliott White hit a powerful shot from 20 yards which drew a good save from Connor Brown, but Dan Powell reacted quickest to pounce on the rebound and tap home from close range.

FT: Bugbrooke St. Michaels 3-2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds U18

The Diamonds U18s are next in action on Wednesday 4th September when they take on Irchester United at Alfred Street.

Attendance: Approx. 40

Man of the Match:


Bugbrooke   St. Michaels U18

AFC   Rushden & Diamonds U18

1. Luke Reece
  2. Adam Johnson
  3. Sam Duval
  4. Joe Wakelin (c)
  5. Jamie Inwood
  6. Dan Powell
  7. Cameron Harrison
  8. Joe Howarth
  9. Dan Field
  10. Charlie Hynam
  11. Elliott White

24. Connor Brown
  2. Ben Roche
  5. Jack Crow
  6. Luke Fathers
  8. Matty Foster
  11. Savvas Hamp
  12. Ryan Chamberlain
  14. Omar Ghavami
  16. Matty Smith
  19. Noah Bryant (c)
  20. Tommy Messinger

  12. Tom Bamford
  13. Dan Ashwell
  14. Alex Webb
  15. Sam Caldera

  15. Ryan Bhatti
  21. Kyron Walsh

  Howarth (5 mins)
  Inwood (47 mins)
  Powell (89 mins)

  Messinger (45+7 mins)
  Hamp (82 mins)



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