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Diamonds took a big step towards reaching the play-offs with victory at mid-table Redditch on Non-League Day.

They took the lead after only seven minutes when Shane Bush’s knockdown was terrifically fired home by Jesse Akubuine, and the hosts continued to struggle with crosses into their box and set-pieces throughout the first half. Captain Alex Collard thumped in a header from Nathan Tshikuna’s corner and, after Liam Dolman had a curling strike held, Alex Collard made it three on the stroke of half-time when he forced a Connor Furlong corner into the net at the back post. Redditch had somehow not scored just before that third goal when Aram Soleman was denied by a combination of Dolman and Paddy Casey, a moment that would prove pivotal.

The home side upped the pressure in the second period, though Diamonds defended well to restrict them to only a few chances and threatened a number of times on the counter-attack. Lauric Diakiesse went close twice and Tshikuna saw a goalbound effort blocked away, with home striker Daniel Sweeney also having an effort deflected wide by Dolman. Redditch pulled a goal back when Ryan Edmunds curled a free-kick in from the right, and they almost had another to set up a grandstand finish when sub Kieron Dawes long-range strike was unbelievably clawed onto the bar by Dean Snedker. Rushden saw out the rest of the game though to move six points clear in fifth place with a game in hand.



Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 26th Mar, 2022 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Division Central 2021/22 35 546 Alex Collard Alex Collard


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Redditch United

Kieran Boucher Goalkeeper
Kieren Donnelly Defender 38'
Lewis Hudson Defender
Aram Soleman Midfielder 73'
Calum Flanagan Defender
Ryan Wollacott Defender
Luke Rowe Midfielder 46'
Daniel Sweeney Forward
Victor Sodeinde Forward
Ryan Edmunds Midfielder 77'
Jack Byrne Midfielder
Thomas Rankin Midfielder 46'
Ben Shields Goalkeeper
Kieron Dawes Defender 38'
Thomas Hewlett Forward 73'
Asa Charlton Defender

Manager: Matthew Clarke
Assistant Manager: Gary Whild
Coach: Keron Jackson
Goalkeeper Coach: Gavin Heath
Physiotherapist: Varun Shastry
Assistant Goalkeeper Coach: George Roke


13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Patrick Casey Defender
Samuel Warburton Defender
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Alexander Collard Defender 25', 45+1'
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 7'
Shane Bush Defender 82'
Lauric Diakiesse Forward 61'
Connor Furlong Midfielder 64'
Jack Snelus Forward
Adriel George Midfielder
Jordan Graham Forward 82'
Will Jones Forward 61'
Lewis Johnson Forward 64'

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

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Ashley ClarkeLewis MountainJoshua Sudbury


The TRICO Stadium
Sallie Swan Street, off Bromsgrove Road, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 4AU

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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