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Diamonds held on for a vital victory in the play-off race on a glorious afternoon at Hayden Road.

The first half was tense and edgy, with neither side able to create many clear-cut opportunities. Nathan Tshikuna almost scored inside the opening minute when his low effort was dropped but the away defence scrambled it away, whilst Bromsgrove threatened with a few set-piece deliveries. Tshikuna curled a free-kick narrowly wide, and the midfielder then set up the opening goal just before half-time as his pinpoint cross from the left was powerfully headed home by Will Jones.

Bromsgrove came close to levelling twice early in the second period as striker Callum Ebanks headed over and was then denied by Dean Snedker when through on goal. After Jesse Akubuine had a fizzing effort held and Lewis Johnson almost forced an own-goal down the other end, Rushden did double their lead when substitute Connor Furlong jinked in from the right and curled a sumptuous strike into the far corner. The visitors made it nervy when sub Jamie Molyneux squirmed a shot under Snedker but, despite three minutes of stoppage time, Diamonds claimed the win as they remain three points clear of Alvechurch and move only one point behind fourth-placed Rushall.

Full match report to follow…



Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 16th Apr, 2022 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Division Central 2021/22 38 478 William Jones Fernando Bell-Toxtle


ClubHalf TimeFull Time
Bromsgrove Sporting01



13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Benjamin Diamond Forward
Samuel Warburton Defender
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Patrick Casey Defender
Lewis Johnson Forward 63'
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 61'
Jordan Graham Forward 77'
Will Jones Forward 40'
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
Connor Furlong Midfielder 72'
Jack Snelus Forward
Adriel George Midfielder 77'
Lauric Diakiesse Forward 80'
Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper

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

Bromsgrove Sporting

Oliver Taylor Goalkeeper
Joshua Dugmore Defender
Joshua Quaynor Midfielder
Nathan Hayward Midfielder
Toby Raison Defender 53'
Joel Kettle Defender 30'
Joseph Willis Midfielder
Michael McGrath Midfielder
Matthew Barnes-Homer Forward
Callum Ebanks Forward 68'
Mitchel Candlin Forward 53'
Jonathan Letford Forward 68'
Adam Marusiak Goalkeeper
Dominic Perkins Defender
Jamie Molyneux Forward 90'
Jordan Goddard Midfielder 53'

Goalkeeper Coach: Adam Marusiak
Physiotherapist: Faye Weslake
Assistant Manager: Gary Birch
Manager: Gavin Hurren

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Matthew JacksonJames WetherallKyfer Mayhew


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

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