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Diamonds fell to a second defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon with the trip to Bromsgrove Sporting ending in a 2–1 reverse.

Diamonds started solidly but conceded a poor goal on 11 minutes to hand the initiative to the home side. Chances to clear a ball bouncing around the box were missed before it was finally backheeled over the line from 5 yards. Tom Lorraine headed against the bar as Diamonds tried to respond but they conceded a goal out of nowhere on 42 minutes as a speculative strike from 30 yards went into the top corner.

A better second half saw plenty of dangerous situations but few lead to chances. The game became end to end as Diamonds took more chances and Patrick Casey denied a potentially clinching 3rd for Sporting before Diamonds earned a penalty. Sadly Joel Gyasi saw his rising effort well saved. Sporting spurned some good situations on the break before Lorrell Smith pounced on an error to run in on goal and slide the ball home on 88 minutes to give Diamonds hope. A free kick and corner built late pressure but Diamonds hadn’t done enough to deserve a point and resurgent Bromsgrove deservedly took the points.

A disappointing performance after the encouragement of last week’s win but an early chance to put things right on Monday with the visit of Peterborough Sports – 8–4 winners against Stourbridge today – to Hayden Road.

Match Summary: Paul Judd

Preview

Diamonds head to lovely North Worcestershire on Saturday afternoon to take on Bromsgrove Sporting in Southern League Premier Division Central action.

Bromsgrove Sporting

Sporting “the Rouslers” were created in 2009 as a supporters consortium attempting to save Bromsgrove Rovers from deep financial difficulties. That didn’t materialise and the consortium created their own team to safeguard football in Bromsgrove that been popular since 1885. The lease on Victoria Ground was secured and as Rovers were dissolved Sporting began life in the Midland Combination. Mid 2010’s saw Sporting on the upward track and after 3 consecutive 2nd place finishes 3 consecutive promotions saw them climb to step 3 and into Southern League Premier Division Central. Their first season was the first COVID voided season with Sporting sitting in a very good 4th place.

Previous Games

The first game between the sides was a chastening experience for Diamonds with the Rouslers running out incredible 8-2 winners at Hayden Road. It was an even game when Diamonds equalised at 2-2 on 39 minutes but a third for a dominant Bromsgrove and two sendings off either side of half-time killed Diamonds chances. 9 man Diamonds battled to be just 4-2 down by the 82nd minute but a tiring, dispirited Diamonds conceded 4 goals in a horrendous last 10 minutes. Diamonds reclaimed some pride with a hard fought 0-0 draw in the away game but were beaten 1-0 in the short “voided” season at Bromsgrove in October 2020.

Southern League First Week

Bromsgrove had a disappointing start to the season with a shock 4-0 home defeat by Leiston on the opening day followed by a 3-0 defeat at local rivals Alvechurch midweek. They bounced back with a hard fought 1-0 win at Needham Market last Saturday and sit in 17th place with 3 point from 3 games.

Diamonds also suffered home defeat on their opening day with Banbury United inflicting a 2-0 defeat in midweek. They bounced back with a dramatic last minute 2-1 victory against fancied Coalville Town at Hayden Road last Saturday to sit 15th with 3 points from 2 games.

Peterborough Sports and Hednesford Town are the only teams with 9 points from 3 games, with Banbury United and St. Ives the only other unbeaten sides on 7 points. Stratford and Redditch sit on 6 points with one defeat each and 5 sides have four points – Leiston, Tamworth, Coalville, Royston and Biggleswade. Lowestoft are the only side to have lost all three games but Stourbridge will be very disappointed with their start of just 1 point from 3 games putting them second bottom alongside Needham Market and Nuneaton Borough.

The game

Diamonds saw Tom Lorraine return to the forward line with great effect last week and Patrick Casey stand in for injured Alex Collard equally well. Dean Snedker had another great performance in goal but an early injury for Claudio Dias and Will Jones having to go off after being on just a few minutes in the second half were major disappointments.

However manager Andy Peaks believes his team have a spring in their step after bouncing back in front of a jubilant Hayden Road crowd last week and is looking forward to another positive performance this week. Both sides will feel they have their season underway now and will be looking for a second victory to push up the table.

Radio Diamonds had one of those magical moments to commentate on with that late late winner last week and will be looking for something similar this week at the Victoria Ground. In-game Twitter updates, Match Reports and Highlights/Interviews are always worth looking out for so enjoy your Diamonds coverage this weekend.

Paul Judd

Radio Diamonds

 

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonMatch DayAttendanceMan of the MatchCaptain
Sat, 28th Aug, 20213:00 pmSouthern League Premier Division Central2021/223672Tom LorraineLiam Dolman

Result

ClubHalf TimeFull Time
Bromsgrove Sporting22
Diamonds01

Video

Bromsgrove Sporting

1Ákos Onódi Goalkeeper
2Joshua Dugmore Defender
3Jack Wilson Defender
4Nathan Hayward Midfielder
5James Mace Defender
6Joel Kettle Defender
7Liam Spink 15 Defender 61'
8Leon Broadhurst Defender 90'
9Demetri Brown 16 Forward 43'
74'
10Jourdain Nkalambi Masidi 12 Midfielder 71'
11William Shorrock Midfielder 12'
90'
12Jack Hallahan 10 Midfielder 90+3'
71'
13Adam Marusiak Goalkeeper
14Cody Fisher Defender
15Kieran Dunbar 7 Midfielder 61'
16Nehemia Zazi 9 Forward 74'

Assistant Manager: Ian King
Manager: Brendan Kelly
Goalkeeper Coach: Adam Marusiak
Physiotherapist: Faye Weslake
Assistant Physiotherapist: Sophie Kite
Kit Manager: Leigh Woodall

Diamonds

13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
2Patrick Casey Defender
3Samuel Warburton Defender
4Matthew Slinn 15 Midfielder 19'
61'
5Liam Dolman Defender
6Ryan Hughes Defender
7Joel Gyasi 12 Midfielder 74'
8Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
9Tom Lorraine Forward
10Jesse Akubuine Midfielder
11Benjamin Diamond 14 Forward 84'
12Will Jones 7 Forward 74'
14Lorrell Smith 11 Forward 88'
84'
15Nathan Tshikuna 4 Midfielder 61'
16Jay Williams Defender
17Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper

Coach: Tom Chapman
Staff: Tim Dudding
Sports Therapist: Roisin O’Farrell
Goalkeeper Coach: Nathan Gaunt
Manager: Andy Peaks

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Andrew SheppardHaydn LavenderAlan Overthrow

Ground

The Victoria Ground
Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove B61 0DR