Match Preview: Leiston vs AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Diamonds make the 226 mile round trip to Leiston on Tuesday evening, 25th October (kick-off 7:45 pm).

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £11

Concessions: £8

Students: £8

Under 16s: £2

Our hosts

Founded in 1880 and like many formed at that time are linked to a local industry, in this case, engineering works. Playing mostly in local Suffolk leagues, they moved through the Eastern Counties League and into the Ryman League in recent years before being allocated to Southern League Premier Central. A best finish at Step 3 was achieved in 2017/2018 season with a 5th place finish and a play-off tie which saw a close defeat to Dulwich Hamlet.

Leiston made it to the FA Cup First Round Proper in 2008 as one of only three teams to have reached that stage from the Extra Preliminary Round. Fleetwood Town were the opponents who were held to a home draw in front of over 1,200 before defeat in the replay.

Meetings between the clubs

Seven meetings between the sides have yielded plenty of goals. Diamonds scored four in a 1-4 win away in December 2018 before a draw the following February. The 2019/20 season saw Diamonds win 5-1 at home early in the season before a late Liam Dolman goal secured three points away in a 2-3 win in January 2020.

A 2-2 draw in October 2020 saw a red card apiece for both teams, with Leiston finally getting a win at home on a cold Tuesday night in November 2021. A desperate 3-3 draw in April 2022 was a big blow to Diamonds hopes of finishing in the playoffs.

Can’t make the game?

Our Radio Diamonds team will be providing live commentary as the action unfolds – tune in at Listeners will be able to message with their comments and thoughts on 07394 309591.

We will also doing live updates on our Twitter account at Highlights and interviews will be available after the game at