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A much improved performance from Diamonds on Bank Holiday Monday but they fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to table toppers Peterborough Sports FC.

Two changes for Diamonds saw Jay Williams make his debut in place of Fernando Bell-Toxtle and Nathan Tshikuna come in for Ben Diamond.

Diamonds started brightly and put Sports under early pressure winning corners and whipping dangerous balls into the box. Free scoring Sports were restricted to sporadic attacks with Dion Sembie Ferris coming closest on a quick break from one of those Diamonds corners.

After Sports had started to grow in the game Diamonds had their best chance. A 29th minute 25 yard free-kick flew agonisingly wide when it looked to have rippled the net.

Shortly afterwards Sports pounced with the only goal of the game. Maniche Sani headed home an excellent cross that split the Diamonds back line.

Half-time: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0 Peterborough Sports FC 1

The high intensity of the first-half continued in the second with Diamonds pressing Sports hard. They spurned a great chance on 53 minutes when Joel Gyasi skied a close in effort over the bar.

Sports were forced into some robust challenges to deny Diamonds on the break as they struggled to close out the game.

Diamonds pressed hard for what would have been a deserved equaliser but the killer chance just never came.

Full-Time: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0 Peterborough Sports FC 1

This was a much improved performance from Diamonds against genuine promotion favourites but still a third defeat in 4 games. There were really positive signs in the performance with debutant Jay Williams holding the midfield together well and Joel Gyasi particularly bright for Diamonds. Sports clearly had their toughest game of the season and were forced to win ugly after previous free-scoring victories. They stay top of the table with 5 wins from 5.

Next up for Diamonds an equally tough start to the FA Cup campaign with a trip to Coalville Town FC in First Round Qualifying action next Saturday.

A reminder there is home FA Youth Cup action on Thursday evening as the youth team take on Welwyn Garden City U18 in the Preliminary Round.

Man of the Match: Joel Gyasi

Match Report: Paul Judd


Date Time League Season Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Mon, 30th Aug, 2021 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Central 2021/22 464 Joel Gyasi Liam Dolman



Club1st Half2nd HalfFull Time Score
The Diamonds000
Peterborough Sports FC101


Hayden Road
Hayden Road Sports Ground, Hayden Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0HX

The Diamonds

Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Patrick Casey Defender
Sam Warburton Defender
Jay Williams Defender
Liam Dolman Defender
Ryan Hughes Defender
Joel Gyasi Midfielder
Matt Slinn Midfielder 79'
Tom Lorraine Forward 56'
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 45+1'
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
Lorrell Phillips Smith Forward 79'
Claudio Dias Midfielder
Will Jones Forward 56'
Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper

Manager: Andy Peaks

Peterborough Sports FC

Lewis Moat Goalkeeper 61'
Matty Miles Defender
Johnny Herd Defender
Ryan Fryatt Defender
Richard Jones Defender
Daniel Lawlor Midfielder
Dion Sembie-Ferris Midfielder
Lewis Hilliard Midfielder
Mark Jones Forward 90+5'
Dan Jarvis Midfielder 40'
Abduramane Mamadu Sano Sani Forward 35'
Joshua McCammon Midfielder
Lewis Elsom Goalkeeper
James Stevenson Forward 55'
Brad McGowan Defender
Mitchell Griffiths Defender 85'

Manager: Jimmy Dean


RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Shaun BarryDavid JarrettAbdul Kadir

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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