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Match Report

Diamonds began life under Andy Burgess’ interim role with a narrow victory over Hednesford Town at Hayden Road.

The first half was very tight with the visitors having more of the ball, but both sides struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. Away defender Harvey Portman had a header deflected narrowly wide, Riley O’Sullivan was denied by a good Dean Snedker save and George Cater drilled a strike over from range. In response Rushden striker Shane Bush had an effort on-the-turn blocked and Nathan Tshikuna’s inviting cross from the left narrowly missed Alex Collard at the back post.

Home full-back Sam Warburton almost struck within minutes of the second period, but his long-range attempt was tipped behind. Hednesford Town sub Chay Tilt was then released through on goal, but Snedker made a crucial stop to keep the score level. Rushden looked more dangerous when Will Jones and Jesse Akubuine were introduced, and the increased pressure led to the only goal of the match when captain Alex Collard powerfully headed home an inswinging corner. Paddy Casey vitally cleared off the line in the last minute, but Diamonds held on for a crucial win that consolidates fifth place in the table.



DateTimeLeagueSeasonMatch DayAttendanceMan of the MatchCaptain
Sat, 26th Feb, 20223:00 pmSouthern League Premier Division Central2021/2232478Alex CollardAlex Collard


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13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Patrick Casey Defender
Samuel Warburton Defender
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Alexander Collard Defender 74'
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder 86'
Benjamin Diamond Forward
Shane Bush Defender 64'
Adriel George Midfielder 64'
Connor Furlong Midfielder
Ryan Hughes Defender
Matthew Slinn Midfielder 86'
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 64'
Jack Snelus Forward
Will Jones Forward 64'

Sports Therapist: Roisin O’Farrell
Manager: Andy Burgess
Coach: Scott Carlin
Goalkeeper Coach: Nathan Gaunt

Hednesford Town

Joe O’Shaughnessy Goalkeeper
Wesley Atkinson Defender
Carter Lycett Defender
Harvey Portman Defender
Lewis Ludford-Ison Defender
Reece Flanagan Midfielder
George Cater Midfielder
Todd Parker Midfielder
Riley O’Sullivan Forward
Lewis Hayden Midfielder 75'
Andre Carvalho-Landell Forward 37'
Joshua Endall Defender
Chay Tilt Forward 37'
Numair Rashad Forward 83'
Kyle Bennett Midfielder 75'
Rhys Williams Goalkeeper

Kit Manager: Mark Thornley
Physiotherapist: Shannon Kincade
Assistant Manager: Graham Deakin
Manager: Keenan Meakin Richards
Football Analyst: Alfie Marsden
Coach: Jemiah Richards

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Richard EleyStuart LathanAbdul Kadir


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