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AFC Rushden & Diamonds made the long trip to Leiston where they unfortunately fell to a 2-1 defeat. Will Davies scored to give the hosts a first half lead, Nathan Tshikuna equalised on the hour mark but Adam Mills restored the lead and sealed the three points for the Suffolk side.

Team News

Andy Peaks made one change to the side which triumphed over Kettering Town a week ago with Nathan Tshikuna returning to the eleven in place of AJ George.

The Diamonds lined up in their common 4-2-3-1 formation; Dean Snedker featured in goal, Patrick Casey, Alex Collard, Ryan Hughes and Sam Warburton made up the back four. Fernando Bell-Toxtle partnered Matthew Slinn in midfield with Ben Diamond playing as the number ten. Ravi Shamsi and Nathan Tshikuna functioned on the wings with Ty Deacon up front.

First Half

The two sides made an energetic start to the match as they looked to take control of the game early on. Ben Diamond glanced a couple of headers off target for Diamonds with Joseph Marsden cutting inside and firing just over the bar for Leiston.

The hosts gained the upper hand and started to dominate proceedings – most notably with Marsden, threatening once again, whose shot from distance was superbly tipped over by Dean Snedker.

Leiston capitalised on their short period of dominance by opening the scoring. Sebastian Dunbar’s throw-in found Will Davies spinning in behind the Diamonds defence who knocked the ball past Snedker and into the net.

Diamonds responded well to the goal as they forged a handful of opportunities for a levelling goal. Nathan Tshikuna’s bending effort flashed agonisingly wide of the top corner before Ravi Shamsi fired over after a promising run.

Leiston came close to doubling their lead on the stroke of halftime. A well-crafted move found Adam Mills who rattled the crossbar with his driving effort.


There is no denying that there was a sense of disappointment amongst the Diamonds ranks having been behind at the interval. However, it must be said that Diamonds showed glimpses of promise going forward with the opportunities they created and this offered a flicker of hope going into the second half.

Second Half

Leiston picked up where they left off and started the second period in a strong manner. Sebastian Dunbar, Oliver Saunders and Brendan Ocran all tested Dean Snedker but the Diamonds goalkeeper stood up to their efforts and kept the hosts at bay.

Diamonds weathered the storm and, arguably against the run of play, found a route back into the game. Alex Collard headed a corner delivery on for Ty Deacon whose close-range effort was saved but Nathan Tshikuna was on hand to turn in the equalising goal.

Unfortunately, Diamonds were not level for long. Finlay Barnes found Brendan Ocran who clipped the ball across for Adam Mills to fire home on the volley and restore Leiston’s lead.

Andy Peaks adjusted his formation to a 4-4-2 as Diamonds started to gain more territory in the match. The closest Diamonds came to scoring was when Alex Collard met a late free kick but saw his effort saved.

Despite a wave of late crosses into the box, Rushden were unable to truly threaten the Leiston goal and eventually ran out of time.


A disappointing result on the road for Diamonds but Leiston are no doubt a different proposition compared to recent years and will go on to beat a lot of teams this season.

Match Report: Joseph McCormack


Diamonds make the long trip to East Suffolk on Tuesday evening to take on Leiston in Southern League Premier Central action. It’s one of the longest trips Diamonds will make this season.

Ticket Arrangements

The game will be played at:

Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium
IP16 4DQ

Tel: 01728 830308

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults: £11
  • Concessions: £8
  • Students with ID: £6
  • U16’s: £2

Parking Arrangements

There is no parking for travelling supporters at the ground and so are asked to park a short walk from the ground.

The address and post code for this parking area is ‘NURSERY SCHOOL, WATERLOO AVENUE, LEISTON IP16 4HF.

Parking is FREE.

Leiston FC

Leiston are another of Diamonds opponents who have been around since the 19th century. Founded in 1880 and like many at that time 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 the 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.



DateTimeLeagueSeasonMatch DayAttendanceMan of the MatchCaptain
Tue, 16th Nov, 20217:45 pmSouthern League Premier Division Central2021/2218236Ty DeaconAlex Collard


ClubHalf TimeFull Time



1Samuel Donkin Goalkeeper
2Joseph Marsden Midfielder
3Sebastian Dunbar Defender
4Oliver Saunders Defender
16Oluwasijuola Odelusi Defender
6Jake Hutchings Defender
7Finlay Barnes Midfielder
8George Quantrell Midfielder
9William Davies Forward 33'
10Brendan Ocran 14 Forward 79'
11Adam Mills 12 Midfielder 63'
12Robert Eagle 11 Midfielder 90'
14Ben Hunter 10 Midfielder 79'
20Kai Fletcher Forward
5Adam Bailey-Dennis Defender
19Harrison Podd Goalkeeper

Joint Manager: Chris Wigger
Coach: Lee Norfolk
Kit Manager: Trevor Harrison
Physiotherapist: Nathan Croft
Goalkeeper Coach: Nigel Ling
Joint Manager: Darren Eadie


13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
2Patrick Casey Defender
3Samuel Warburton 14 Defender 64'
4Matthew Slinn Midfielder
5Ryan Hughes Defender
6Alexander Collard Defender
7Nathan Tshikuna 15 Midfielder 61'
8Fernando Bell-Toxtle 12 Midfielder 79'
9Ty Deacon Forward
10Ravin Shamsi Forward 45'
11Benjamin Diamond Forward
12Adriel George 8 Midfielder 79'
14Jesse Akubuine 3 Midfielder 64'
15Tom Lorraine 7 Forward 85'
16Connor Furlong Midfielder
17Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper

Sports Therapist: Roisin O’Farrell
Coach: Tom Chapman
Manager: Andy Peaks
Assistant Manager: Neil Champelovier

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Bradley MingayMatthew OakleyJordan Sandwell


The Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium
Victory Road, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4DQ