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Diamonds picked up a well earned point on the road on Saturday afternoon after a close fought 1-1 draw at Stourbridge.

Diamonds opened the scoring with a superbly taken Connor Furlong strike on 9 minutes but saw the home side equalise on 58 through Melis Bushaj. Tom Taylor received a second yellow and therefore a red card on 86 minutes and Diamonds came close a number of times in the final stages but could not find the vital winner.

Manager Andy Peaks made a number of changes to his defensive line up with Patrick Casey, Liam Dolman and Alex Collard joining Ryan Hughes in the back four. Jay Williams returned to midfield alongside Jesse Akubuine with Connor Furlong, Ravi Shamsi, Tom Lorraine and Ben Diamond mixing along the front four.

Stourbridge started brightly with a couple of half chances but Diamonds got the vital early goal to go ahead on 9 minutes. Ravi Shamsi played Connor Furlong into space and he controlled the ball beautifully to curl into the top corner.

The game evened out but both sides were defending well and chances were limited. Dean Snedker saved a close range effort with his feet and snuffed out another ball breaking into the box. Tom Lorraine came close to bursting clear for Diamonds and nearly played Ravi Shamsi through. Stourbridge saw Ben O’Hanlon poke a good chance straight at Dean Snedker and Montel Gibson blasted over from 10 yards.

Half-time: Stourbridge 0 Diamonds 1

Diamonds created a couple of good half chances early in the second half with Jay Williams just failing to chip the home keeper from distance and Ben Diamond denied by the keepers legs. But it was Stourbridge who grabbed the equaliser with substitute Melis Bushaj’s clean strike on 58 minutes.

The home side threatened to lead in the following minutes through Solanke blasting one effort wide and forcing Dean Snedker into a good save. But Diamonds regained parity and chances were again limited before a raft of bookings saw Fernando Bell-Toxtle go in the book for Diamonds and Tom Taylor twice for the home side seeing him sent off on 86 minutes.

Diamonds pressed for a winner and saw Liam Dolman and Alex Collard head just over, Nathan Tshikuna shoot well from distance and Will Jones cut a ball back through the area just evading his colleagues. There was also a good penalty shout for a challenge on Fernando Bell-Toxtle but the game finished 1 1.

Full-Time: Stourbridge 1 Diamonds 1

This was a really good point on the road for Diamonds that could very well have been three. The defence were really solid and Ben Diamond and Connor Furlong energised the front line with great support from Tom Lorraine and Ravi Shamsi.

Next up the first of four back to back home games with the visit of Rushall Olympic to Hayden Road on Tuesday evening.

Match Report: Paul Judd


All supporters are encouraged to purchase a match ticket ahead of the away match on Saturday 9th October (KO 3 pm) from:


  • Tickets purchased on the day will be subject to a £1 supplement and there is NO cash turnstile.
  • Supporters should access the Ground using the Archway Entrance turnstiles opposite Vets 4 Pets, as this provides easier access to the Social Club. Gates open at 1.30 pm.
  • Unfortunately, there is no supporter parking on site.


Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 9th Oct, 2021 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Central 2021/22 10 817 Ben Diamond Alex Collard



Club1st Half2nd HalfFull Time Score
Stourbridge FC011
The Diamonds101


War Memorial Athletic Ground
85 High Street, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4HN

Stourbridge FC

Charlie Price Goalkeeper
Ben Usher-Shipway Forward
Ben O’Hanlon Defender
Tomiwa Solanke Midfielder
Thomas Taylor Defender 77', 83'
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner Defender
Ethan Moran 14 Midfielder 83'
James McQuilkin Midfielder
Montel Gibson Forward
Darryl Knights 20 Midfielder 68'
Jack Wilson (c) 12 Defender 25'
Melis Bushaj 11 Midfielder 55'
Lewis Solly Goalkeeper
Joshua Hinds 7 83'
Tyler Smith Forward
Daniel Gyasi 10 Forward 68'

Manager: Mark Yates
Assistant Manager: Neil Howarth
Goalkeeper Coach: Lewis Solly
Physiotherapist: Jack Gallagher-Hemming
Physiotherapist: Richard Drewett
Coach: Gavin Hurren

The Diamonds

Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Alex Collard Defender
Ryan Hughes Defender
Jay Williams Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Patrick Casey Defender
Ben Diamond Forward
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder
Tom Lorraine Forward 67'
Ravi Shamsi Forward 80'
Connor Furlong Midfielder 9'
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder 78'
Sam Warburton Defender
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder 80'
Will Jones Forward 67'
Claudio Dias Midfielder

Manager: Andy Peaks
Assistant Manager: Neil Champelovier
First Team Coach: Scott Carlin
U18 Manager/First Team Coach: Tim Dudding
First Team Coach: Tom Chapman
Physiotherapist: Roisin O’Farrell

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Ashley ClarkeAdam ClenaghanTom Hood

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