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Diamonds began 2022 in perfect fashion with a resounding win over St Ives on New Year’s Day.

After a couple of early chances, they took the lead in the 16th minute when Nathan Tshikuna stormed forward before clinically slotting a low effort past the keeper from the edge of the area. Rushden doubled their advantage a minute later when a long ball found Ty Deacon in behind who poked home. Though Nabil Shariff drew a good save from Snedker for the visitors, Diamonds were in control and added another before half-time when Jesse Akubuine fired home first-time following a low ball in.

The Saints were unfortunate not to pull one back in the second half when a goalmouth scramble led to a crucial block and two important Snedker saves, and down the other end AJ George rounded the keeper only to see his shot come back off the post. The away side were then reduced to ten men when defender Callum Milne shoved over Ty Deacon in the area as he looked set to score, and Tshikuna stepped up only for his effort to be well saved. However, Nathan Tshikuna soon earned another penalty after being tripped which he dispatched with aplomb for his second goal of the game. Substitute Will Jones almost rounded off the victory when his long-range strike was superbly tipped onto the bar, but it didn’t affect the result as Diamonds claimed their sixth win in their last seven.

COVID-19 Precautions

Please make yourself aware of these measures when visiting Hayden Road this afternoon.

  • Masks must be worn in Dale’s Bar and in the Club Shop. This is now mandatory and a legal requirement.
  • We will re-establish the red zone behind the dugouts and around the tunnel area.
  • You will be asked and recommended to use the available hand-sanitizer on entry into the ground and use face masks whilst at the game as much as possible.
Ticket Details

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Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 1st Jan, 2022 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Central 2021/22 25 539 Nathan Tshikuna Fernando Bell-Toxtle


Club1st Half2nd HalfFull Time Score
The Diamonds31 (pen)4
St Ives Town FC000


The Diamonds

Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Patrick Casey Defender
Sam Warburton Defender
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Ryan Hughes Defender
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder 11'
Ben Diamond Forward
Ty Deacon Forward 16'
AJ George Midfielder 85'
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 38'
Matt Slinn Midfielder 76'
Ben Garwood Defender 85'
Will Jones Forward 81'
Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper

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

St Ives Town FC

Lewis Patching Goalkeeper
Callum Milne Defender 63'
Callum Westwood Defender
Michael Richens Midfielder 12'
Brett Solkhon Defender
Ben Toseland Defender
Tyrone Baker Midfielder 55'
Nathan Hicks Midfielder 73'
Nabil Shariff Forward
Ethan Johnston Forward
Dylan Williams Midfielder 67'
Kyle Davison-Gordon Defender 67'
Edmund Hottor Midfielder 73'
Faris Rhaman Midfielder
Jason Dwumfuo Midfielder 82'
Christopher Manangu Forward

Joint Manager: Mike Ford
Joint Manager: Ricky Marheineke
Coach: Anton Sambrook
Physiotherapist: Jardaine Patel-Joseph
Goalkeeper Coach: Paul Swannell
Assistant Coach: Jim Freeman

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Matthew JacksonStuart LathanAbdul Kadir


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

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