Diamonds struck a very late, great winner over fellow play-off chasers Leek Town on Saturday afternoon.
Less than a minute had been played when home striker Tim Grice and Brad Harris clashed heads in an aerial duel, and after a long period of treatment the Leek man was helped from the pitch on a stretcher. Chances were slightly sparse in the early exchanges, with a home midfielder seeing a goalbound shot well blocked by Richard Bunting and substitute Chris Budrys flashing a shot into the side-netting being the closest either side came to an opener in the first twenty minutes. The hosts then stepped up the pressure and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, with firstly Budrys planting a free header wide of the post. Alex Morris had a shot well deflected over by Harris and Mackenzie Faulkner headed the resultant corner wide as Leek began to dominate, and they were inches away from taking the lead in the 38th minute when Tom France cut in from the right, but his curling shot came back off the post and to safety. They hit the upright again shortly afterwards when winger Sam Grimshaw picked up a pass and slammed a fierce effort towards goal before it hit the post, and Diamonds would have been glad to hear the half-time whistle at this stage. Ross Oulton was introduced to give the visitors some more control in midfield, and moments following the alteration they earnt a penalty. Ollie Brown-Hill was felled as he tricked his way into the right side of the box, but Nabil Shariff’s subsequent penalty was saved by the Leek keeper. The half-time whistle was blown after 12 minutes of additional time for Grice’s injury earlier in the half, and all was still to play for.
The second half started relatively calmly in comparison to the frenetic ending to the first period, and clear-cut chances were at a premium. Oulton drilled a half-volley wide of the mark three minutes into the half, but both sides struggled to maintain possession for a sustained period of time and so were unable to create many clear-cut opportunities. Liam Dolman and Sam Brown both were required to crucially head away from dangerous deliveries on the Leek left, and Brown-Hill hit an effort over the bar for Diamonds as the two sides strived for an all-important goal. Chances were exchanged again when first Brown-Hill had a deflected shot saved, and then Budrys almost foundspace in the box for a shot before Harris made an important interception and then blocked away a dangerous following cross. The away side had a great opportunity to forge ahead in the 78th minute when substitute Tom Lorraine fed Shawn Richards on his left, but after composing himself his shot was palmed behind for a corner. Play was very much end-to-end at this point as the time ticked away, and Budrys skipped away from Brown and into the area in the 83rd minute before his shot was superbly saved by Finlay. Shariff was then crowded out as he looked to shoot in the box, and Grimshaw smacked an effort over down the other end as the game became more and more stretched. Despite this it appeared the match would end in a goalless draw, a result that would have favoured neither side, but there remained one crucial turning point. Shariff led a sole counter-attack from the halfway line before having a near-post shot parried behind, and Oulton’s resulting deep delivery found Dan Quigley at the back post. He headed down for Shariff who controlled, turned on the proverbial sixpence and slammed a shot into the back of the net from close range. There still remained three minutes of stoppage-time for Diamonds to negotiate, and despite some concerted home pressure the full-time whistle was blown to signal three hugely-important points in Rushden’ s play-off push.
Diamonds manager Andy Peaks kept the exact same starting XI that began Tuesday’s defeat at Chasetown. This meant that a 4-4-2 formation was again deployed, with Dan Quigley and Richard Bunting forming a central midfield partnership and Jack Bowen and Nabil Shariff again being paired in attack in a hope to continue their recent goalscoring form. The sole alteration came amongst the substitutes as Ben Farrell returned after his unavailability on Tuesday to join Ben Heath, Taylor Orosz, Ross Oulton and Tom Lorraine on a strong-looking bench.
There wasn’t a cloud in the Staffordshire sky and the sun beamed down onto the Harrison Road pitch as both sides emerged from the changing rooms and onto the near-faultless playing surface. Diamonds sat in sixth position in the table prior to the game, one point off a play-off spot, and Leek sat a point behind them in ninth place having played a game more. With fellow play-off rivals Lincoln and Stocksbridge playing one another, and with Newcastle and Basford facing difficult games (Shaw Lane at home and Stamford away), it was to be a hugely important day in the play-off race. The league standings, and late stage of the season, undoubtedly set up a high sense of intrigue and a poignant mix of excitement and nervousness amongst both sets of fans, with a win for either side bearing potentially huge importance and a loss likely proving a body-blow in the race for the play-offs. After the coin-toss was completed and the formalities done, referee Barry Lamb blew his whistle to get the match underway.
The first minute hadn’t elapsed by the time the game’s first action occurred. A long ball forward by the Leek defence searching for striker Tim Grice saw the front-man leap with Diamonds defender Brad Harris, and both players went down as a result of the aerial duel. It looked a heavy clash on first viewing, and both physios were beckoned for immediately. Harris got up onto his feet after a small amount of treatment, but Grice remained on the ground as a stretcher was soon called for. After a lengthy period of treatment, around eleven or so minutes in total, the Leek striker was carried from the pitch on the stretcher to warm applause from both sets of supporters. Substitute Chris Budrys came on to replace him.
The match naturally took a few moments to get into a rhythm and for both sides to readjust after the long break in play, but soon the hosts had their first chance of the afternoon. A neat ball from the left channel found a well-timed midfield run by Jonny Higham, and he ran into the box before hitting a goalbound strike that Richard Bunting did superbly well to block after tracking the move forward. Another home attack moments later looked like it may cause the Diamonds some trouble, but they were able to deal with it and alleviate the early Leek pressure.
The visitors then launched their first foray forward shortly afterwards, with Ben Ford being caught by a late challenge on the right touchline after he had played a pass inside. The Rushden man picked himself up to take the resulting free-kick, and his inswinging delivery found the head of Dan Quigley. However, the midfielder had to lean back in order to get his head to the ball, and as a consequence his effort went high and harmlessly wide. A few minutes later the Diamonds created another chance from the right wing; this time Shawn Richards sprinted away from a challenge before advancing to the right byline and whipping in a dangerous cross looking for Nabil Shariff, but a blue-shirt did well to head the ball out for a corner. The subsequent set-piece was easily cleared by the hosts though, and the score remained goalless.
The contest was undoubtedly starting to liven up and starting to “come to the boil”, with the home side the next to threaten. A pacey dart forward by winger Sam Grimshaw saw him run into space and at the Diamonds back four, and he slipped an intricate pass into the path of Budrys in behind the away defence. The substitute striker ran into the area, took a moment to pick his spot and then flash an effort towards the near post, but it hit the side-netting. The offside flag had been raised against the striker, however, and so the strike wouldn’t have counted if it had have hit the back of the net. Play quickly switched back to the other end, and a neat flick by Jack Bowen looked to have released Quigley on the right side of the box. The ball wouldn’t sit down for him though as it bounced up high, and in his attempt to hook a shot goalwards he swung his leg too high and was penalised by the referee.
The play was becoming more and more end-to-end as the pace and tempo from both sides began to be raised, with gaps and spaces in the midfield areas opening up for quick runs into. This was exemplified in the 27th minute when the hosts created a golden opportunity to take the lead. A precise passing exchange in midfield and then on the edge of the box saw the ball played out to winger Tom France on the right, and he quickly sped towards the touchline before delivering a pinpoint delivery into the middle for the perfectly-timed run of Budrys. The striker leapt well and looked for all the world as if he would power the hosts into the lead, but instead his header flew past the upright and the Diamonds survived. The visitors responded moments later by winning a corner down the other end, and Ford’s delivery found another yellow-shirted player in the form of Bowen, but his header looped comfortably over the crossbar.
The time ticked over the half-hour mark, including the lengthy stoppage earlier in the match, with Leek looking the more dangerous and the more likely to open the scoring, but with the contest still very much on a knife-edge. The hosts threatened again in the 33rd minute when left-back Alex Morris did well to skip inside Ford on the left wing, and he was afforded plenty of space to run into the box and line up a shot. However, as he smacked his effort goalwards Harris was quick to step forward and deflect it over for a corner-kick. The resulting delivery towards the back post found a leaping Mackenzie Faulkner, but he could only place his header wide of the target.
As was typical of this stage of the game Diamonds immediately sprang forward onto the offensive themselves, and a long ball down the left channel bounced up and over Faulkner for Bowen to run onto. As he collected the ball and sprinted towards the area he had Shariff in support and two opposing defenders for company in a two-on-two situation He attempted to go on his own and bundle past a couple of challenges, but his run into the box was just stopped and the loose ball ran through to Ben Chapman in the Leek goal.
A few minutes later, the hosts went mighty close again to breaking the deadlock. They won a free-kick down the right after an Ollie Brown-Hill foul, but France’s delivery looked to cause no problems as it only reached the first Diamonds man in the form of Bunting. The captain’s clearance was mishit, but it still fell for Brown-Hill to clear away upfield. However, the winger’s touch was heavy and it allowed for France to nip in and win possession back, and he then quickly curled an effort towards the far post. Matt Finlay in the Rushden goal was rooted to the spot, and time seemed to stand still for a moment as it elevated through the air towards the far corner, but thankfully for the visitors the ball hit the post and bounced back out. It fell for Grimshaw who drove to the byline and flashed an attempted low ball across, but it was brilliantly blocked out for a corner and the following kick was cleared to safety.
Though the Diamonds weren’t keeping and moving the ball as efficiently as they can do and struggling to get midfield support to the often isolated strikeforce, they were still creating moments of danger. A couple of minutes after Leek’s near miss Brown-Hill received the ball on the left flank and skipped away from Danny Smith on the outside before whipping a cross towards the back post. It almost reached the unmarked Richards before Morris headed the ball away to the edge of the area, but it only fell for the lurking Quigley. Memories of his goal against Northwich last weekend from a similar range came to mind, but this time the ball bounced up high and as a result his half-volley flew well over the top of Chapman’s goal.
The away side attacked again a couple of moments later, but the hosts cleared it upfield and towards Budrys on the halfway line. Harris tried to nip in and win the ball ahead of the striker, but it bounced off the front-man and fell for Niall Maguire to volley a pass out to the left side where two blue-shirts were quickly breaking forward. One was Grimshaw, and he galloped over the halfway line before collecting the ball and running at Ford ahead of him. Just before he reached the penalty area he decided to slam an effort towards goal, despite a couple of fellow Leek players available on the other side, and his fierce shot beat the motionless Finlay at his near post before cannoning off the upright and back into play.
This was the third big let-off that the Diamonds had had, and though they were looking threatening when they attacked themselves, they clearly were riding their luck. Bowen looked like he may break into the Leek area and generate room for a shot a minute after the hosts hit the post, but good defending stopped the attack in its tracks. This only served as a temporary respite for Rushden, however, as Leek then sprang on the offensive again. A good move down the right saw a cross floated towards the back post, and a free header for a Leek man could and should have achieved more than deflecting off a yellow-shirt on its way through to Finlay.
The match reached the end of the regulatory first 45 minutes, and twelve minutes were signalled as additional time for the injury to Grice earlier. Peaks had clearly noted the domination that Leek had had particularly from the midway point of the half, and how the Diamonds midfield was often getting overran by quick attacking moves, and decided it was time to act. Ross Oulton was the one who was summoned from the substitutes bench, and he replaced Bowen as the visitors changed to a 4-3-3 formation in an attempt to gain more of a foothold in midfield, and in the match as a whole.
It seemed to have a galvanising effect immediately, as in the Diamonds’ next move they won a penalty. A cross from the left side went over everybody’s head, but Brown-Hill was able to retrieve the ball and face up to his marker. He looked like he would whip a cross into the box on his favoured left foot, but he swiftly turned and swivelled onto his right before running past Morris towards the byline and then into the box. The full-back lunged in in an attempt to win the ball, and the Diamonds winger went down under the challenge. It initially appeared that the referee would remain unmoved, but the linesman closest to the play raised his flag and Lamb consequently pointed to the spot. Regular penalty-taker Shariff stepped up to take the kick, and he hit his effort to Chapman’s right-hand side. However, the Leek goalkeeper guessed correctly and dived to push the ball away, with an eventual cross back in by Oulton finding Shariff only for the frontman to flick his header wide of the far post.
That proved to be the final major opportunity of the half, with one Leek attack being intercepted by the Diamonds backline before Richards down the other end was close to breaking in down the left, only for a poor touch to let the winger down. Shortly afterwards referee Lamb signalled the end of a largely breathless and often frenetic opening half, with Diamonds perhaps feeling fortunate to not find themselves trailing but also regretting not being ahead after the penalty miss. One thing was for sure as the two teams made their way towards the changing rooms though: everything was still to play for.
Half Time: Leek Town 0-0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds
The sides emerged from the changing rooms onto the pitch with a very keen sense of intrigue and optimism in the air amongst both sets of supporters. Newcastle, Stocksbridge and Basford were all winning at half-time in their respective fixtures, and so it meant even more to both sides to try and secure what would be a vital win in the play-off picture.
Referee Lamb signalled for the commencement of the second period, with no changes at the half-time break, and it was Diamonds who immediately were on the ball and keeping possession. They won a throw-in on the left in “Sam Brown territory”, and the full-back wound up a long pitch into the front post. It was initially flicked on and up into the air by Quigley, and after a player from each side leaped it dropped for the lurking Shariff. He tried to swivel and find room for a shot but was tackled, and the loose ball dropped ideally for Oulton to flash a half-volley towards goal. However, the effort flew wide of the right-hand post.
It was undoubtedly a positive start from the Diamonds though, and certainly a signal of intent that they weren’t content just to settle for a point. They created another opening, this time down the right wing, as Richards latched onto a loose ball and sped away from Morris in charging into the area. He went down under pressure from the full-back, but this time Lamb was unmoved and the penalty claims were waved away. It was a comparably quieter start to the half than the action-packed end to the first period, with both sides struggling to monopolise and work possession for a long period of time. Leek created their first opportunity of the half shortly after Richards’ penalty appeal when a dangerous cross into the Diamonds box was well punched away by Finlay, but as Grimshaw picked up the loose ball the Rushden keeper was still on the floor. He quickly picked himself up though, and the following cross back in sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.
Grimshaw was involved again seconds later when he picked up possession just ahead of the halfway line on the left, and he showed a quick turn of pace to run past Ford before the Diamonds man blocked off his attempted run. He was issued a yellow card, and the following free-kick was aimed towards the back post only for Dolman to firstly head it away, and then Ford to do the same in clearing the ball to safety. Peaks was evidently concerned about the full-back now that he was on a caution, and so he decided to bring on Ben Farrell in place of Ford. Initially it was thought that Harris may go to right-back, Quigley drop into centre-half and Farrell slot into midfield, but Farrell went straight to full-back in a like-for-like alteration.
The game was still stretched and very keenly-contested especially in the midfield areas, with the Diamonds noticeably able to get their foot on the ball more with the three of Bunting, Quigley and Oulton. Another midfielder, Brown-Hill, was the next to have a shot at goal for the visitors, but after he purposefully ran into space on the left he could thrash an attempted effort well over the top of Chapman’s goal. Play was still largely end-to-end and often a case of “you have a go then we’ll have a go”, and to evidence this further the hosts then threatened down the other end. They built some pressure by winning three corners in quick succession, but from the final one Dolman strongly and commandingly headed the danger away.
The match ticked towards the 70 minute mark, with both sides beginning to realise that one goal very well may be enough to win the all-important contest. A lot of the play thus far had been played down the flanks, and another opportunity was created from the wide areas as Leek went close to forging into the lead. Higham picked up the ball around 30 yards from goal and embarked on a quick and direct run into the left side of the box before crossing into the middle. It appeared that a blue-shirt arriving at the back post would meet the delivery and head the hosts ahead, but Brown had read the situation perfectly and crucially headed the ball away. Rushden themselves then had a chance from a wide position, as a neat move saw Quigley flick the ball around an opposing player and out to Brown-Hill on the right. He in turn ran at Morris and cut inside, but his shot was slightly weak and deflected on its way to Chapman who made a comfortable save down to his left.
This proved to be Brown-Hill’s final contribution to the contest as he was soon replaced by Tom Lorraine in Diamonds’ final substitution. He slotted straight onto the right of the front three, and was another signal from the away side that that they were going for the victory. The hosts were still creating danger though, and one move in the 74th minute saw Budrys latch onto a ball in from the right and try to generate some room for a shot. Harris was quickly and superbly across to snuff out the initial danger though, and a resulting cross in from the right that looked truly threatening was also excellently blocked behind by the Diamonds defender. The resulting corner came to nothing, and suddenly it was the visitors on the attack. A midfield challenge saw the ball run away to the right side and to Lorraine, and he had ample room ahead of him to sprint over the halfway line and straight at the Leek defence. He was faced with a three-on-three situation ahead of him, Richards and Shariff the men in support, and as he ran towards the edge of the box space opened up for Richards on the left. Lorraine found him with a precise ball through, and the winger composed himself before hitting an effort towards the near post that Chapman got a crucial hand to as it flashed wide of the mark. The resultant corner by Oulton was slightly too long, and Harris could only lean back and flick it out for a goal-kick.
The home substitute Budrys had proven a menace to the Diamonds defence with his strength and hold-up play, and he proved so again in the 79th minute when a cross from the right found the striker in the middle of the penalty area. However, thankfully for the visitors he was just unable to control it properly, and the loose ball ran through for Finlay to collect. Play then moved back up the other end as the game became even more open, and Lorraine took on Morris down the right before seeing his cross blocked behind for a corner. Oulton’s delivery, though at first looking like a good one, was well read by Chapman as he advanced from his goal to catch it in midair.
Leek, shortly after this Diamonds corner, had their best chance of the second period and of winning the match. A ball from Morris into the path of Budrys saw the striker let it run in front of him and consequently move away from two Rushden men who tried to nip in to win the ball. He then ran forward and skipped away from Brown into the right side of the area before facing Finlay. Dolman ran across in an attempt to block the shot, but it was in vain as the effort flashed towards the far post. The crowd held its collective breath as it surely flew through the air towards the far corner of the net, but Finlay was not to be beaten. He flung out a strong right hand to parry the ball, and Brown crucially won a header just ahead of a Leek man as the ball bounced up, with Finlay then able to collect and Diamonds fans able to breathe again.
Lorraine had added a direct and full-of-running presence out on the right, and it was he who again galloped down the right wing before seeing a dangerous cross flash too high for everyone in the area as it ran out for a throw-in on the far side. The visitors really did sense a winner in these late stages of the match, and moments later Shariff received the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the box. As had been evidenced in the home match with Leek three weeks previously with the winning goal, the front-man often shows quick feet and a sharp turn in generating room for a shot at goal for himself, and he again tried this. However, this time a collection of blue-shirts was just able to compact the space and put sufficient pressure on him to win the ball back just as it appeared Shariff would get a chance at goal.
The 90 regulatory minutes were almost up, but there still wasn’t a thought from either side of settling for a draw from this pulsating encounter. Dolman looked like he had quelled a forward move from the hosts, but he trod on the ball and Diamonds suddenly looked in trouble at the back. Budrys nipped in to win the ball and play it to Grimshaw, and he cut in from the right onto his favoured left-foot to move into space on the edge of the area. Harris did everything he could to stick with the run and block the shot, but he was powerless to stop the effort as it passed him. Anything on target and it surely would have beaten Finlay, but the shot whistled over the crossbar and the Diamonds had another lifeline.
Leek then attacked again down the right as they began to throw more men forward in search of a winning goal, but Diamonds won the ball back and Brown was able to clear downfield. The majority of yellow-shirts had been drawn deep though in an attempt to snuff out the home danger, and so only Shariff was available for a pass forward. With four opposing players in close proximity, he would have done well to hold the ball up and play it back to a teammate, but he had one thought and one thought only. He deftly let the ball run ahead of him as he used his strength to lean into Smith, and suddenly two Leek players were out of the game as Shariff strode over the halfway line. He had very limited support, despite Oulton and Lorraine’s best efforts to support the striker, and so he went it alone. He ran at Peter Williams, did a stepover and then powered into the left side of the box before seeing his near-post effort well tipped behind by Chapman.
It was a superb solo run and effort from the Diamonds’ top-scorer, but that was not to be his final involvement in the game. Oulton moved across to take the corner from the left, and five yellow-shirts waited for the delivery into the box. Dolman and Quigley, who were part of the contingent in the area, had their hands on their knees before the kick was taken, a clear sign of the sheer exertion and hard-work that had been put into the unrelenting contest. Oulton stepped up and curled a high, swirling, deep delivery towards the back post, and Quigley cleverly stepped back away from his marker to nod the ball down into the six-yard box. There suddenly was Nabil Shariff with three Leek players around him, but he took one touch on his chest and then thrashed an effort towards goal. With bodies between him and the goal it seemed inevitable that it would be blocked away, but less than a second later the ball was in the back of the net. Shariff’s close-range shot had left Chapman with no chance, and the deadlock had been broken.
The reaction to the finish from Diamonds players, coaches and supporters alike will live long in the memory, with a throng of yellow-shirts joining Shariff in celebrating with the incredulous away fans behind the goal. Pandemonium, crazy, bedlam, wild are words that could be used to describe the scene, but words really don’t do justice to how much it meant to everyone involved with the club, and how important the goal felt in terms of the play-off race. Basford and Stocksbridge had already been confirmed winners in their matches, and so a draw would have seen the Diamonds slip further away from the cherished top-five. This goal, though, had breathed new life into what had thus far been a stuttering end-of-season run-in.
However, after the celebrations had settled down, context and stock had to be taken: there remained stoppage-time for the Diamonds to see out. Three minutes were signalled as the additional time as the game got underway again, and unsurprisingly the majority of that time was spent camped in the Rushden defensive third. One Leek cross into the middle saw a header away by a Diamonds head, but Farrell was just unable to stop the clearance from going for a corner on the left side. A melee of blue and yellow shirts packed into the area awaiting the delivery, and the whipped cross towards the back post found a Leek head only for it to be inadvertently headed back across goal. The ball was recycled back out to the left, with a resultant inswinging cross towards the far post again only needing a solitary touch for it to surely end up in the back of the net. The cross eluded a group of around four or five players, however, and flew behind for a goal-kick.
The next few moments were then spent in the other half as Diamonds kept the ball and won a throw-in on the left. The throw eventually ran back to Chapman, but as soon as he had kicked the ball forward and it had dropped into midfield the referee blew his whistle for full-time. The Diamonds supporters’ roars and cheers were loud and vociferous, with them only too aware at how important and massive the victory was. The players all embraced and then applauded the travelling contingent, with many clenched fists from the yellow-shirted men showing how much it meant to them also.
Full Time: Leek Town 0-1 AFC Rushden & Diamonds
The scale of importance behind this victory really cannot be underestimated. Not only did Diamonds need to bounce back after a run of three consecutive defeats on the road, and not only did they know that a victory would seriously dent a fellow play-off hopeful’s ambition to finish in the top-five, but with Basford and Stocksbridge winning they knew they had to do so themselves. The winner was very late, but also very great and potentially huge come the end of the season. The goal was Nabil Shariff’s 25th strike of the season, and credit must go to him for the way he reacted to his first-half penalty miss and led the line superbly throughout the afternoon. Every single player played their part though, and a huge credit deservedly should go to Leek as well for the part they played in the frenetic contest, and for the way they dominated much of the opening period and for their constant danger throughout. All the Diamonds’ best wishes go to home striker Tim Grice following his injury early in the game, and everyone connected with the club wishes him a speedy recovery. Though the celebrations will rightfully be enjoyed for the victory, there is still much work for Diamonds to do in their push towards the end-of-season play-offs. Coupled with Newcastle’s defeat at home to Shaw Lane, Rushden move back into the play-off places and into fifth place, but the crucial games do not stop here. Before they face sixth-placed Newcastle next Saturday, they will play Stocksbridge on Tuesday evening (Aprill 11th) at the Dog & Duck, with the visitors’ superb recent form pushing them up to seventh in the table and only a point shy of the Diamonds going into the midweek contest.
Diamonds Man of the Match: Nabil Shariff
Match Report by Ollie Mortimer
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
1. Ben Chapman
2. Danny Smith
3. Alex Morris
4. Peter Williams
5. Mackenzie Faulkner
6. Niall Maguire (C)
7. Tom France
8. Jonny Higham
9. Tim Grice
10. Rob Stevenson
11. Sam Grimshaw
12. Darren Chadwick
14. Toby Mullarkey
15. Jon Beaumont (for Williams 86)
16. Chris Budrys (for Grice 12)
17. Dan Shelley (for Stevenson 66)
17. Matt Finlay
2. Ben Ford
3. Sam Brown
4. Brad Harris
5. Liam Dolman
6. Richard Bunting (C)
7. Shawn Richards
8. Dan Quigley
9. Jack Bowen
10. Nabil Shariff
11. Ollie Brown-Hill
12. Taylor Orosz
13. Ben Heath
14. Ben Farrell (for Ford 55)
15. Tom Lorraine (for Brown-Hill 73)
16. Ross Oulton (for Bowen 45+1)
Goals: Shariff (90)
Yellow Cards: Maguire (79)
Yellow Cards: Ford (52), Quigley (61)
Referee: Barry Lamb
Assistants: Ian Claridge, Paul Roots