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Diamonds suffered defeat at St Ives but crucially remained three points clear in fifth place.

They never really got going throughout the contest, with the hosts harrying them into mistakes, seemingly being the first to every loose ball and creating some good opportunities. Paddy Casey made a vital block inside 30 seconds, though Rushden did respond and went close through Fernando Bell-Toxtle’s powerful run and strike that was deflected over. From the resulting corner Ben Diamond’s header across goal was turned into his own net by ex-Rushden man Nabil Shariff, but the strike was controversially ruled out for offside. St Ives went mightily close from a corner that was flicked just wide, and Dean Snedker made a brilliant save from close-range following a deep free-kick.

The visitors improved in the second half following a change in system and the introduction of AJ George. Will Jones hooked an effort narrowly wide, and George then fired over in Diamonds’ best chance of the game. Nathan Tshikuna flashed a free-kick just past the post, but St Ives continued to look sharper and, after Shariff missed a good chance, they forged ahead when substitute Neremiah Richard-Noel was left free at a corner to head home. George curled another shot wide, but they couldn’t force a leveller which would have confirmed a play-off place following Alvechurch’s loss at champions Banbury.

Full match report to follow



Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Mon, 18th Apr, 2022 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Division Central 2021/22 39 564 Patrick Casey Fernando Bell-Toxtle


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St Ives Town

Edward Brearey Goalkeeper
Joshua Flanagan Defender
Luke Fairlamb Midfielder 75'
Michael Richens Midfielder
Oran Jackson Defender 3'
Ben Toseland Defender
Liam Cross Midfielder
Edmund Hottor Midfielder
Nabil Shariff Forward 76'
Ethan Johnston Forward 60'
Dylan Williams Midfielder
Brett Solkhon Defender
Callum Milne Defender 3'
Tyrone Baker Midfielder 76'
Andrew Osei-Bonsu Midfielder
Neo Richard-Noel Forward 78'

Joint Manager: Mike Ford
Manager: Ricky Marheineke
Coach: Anton Sambrook
Goalkeeper Coach: Paul Swannell
Coach: Jim Freeman


13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Benjamin Diamond Forward 77'
Samuel Warburton Defender
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Patrick Casey Defender
Connor Furlong Midfielder
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 87'
Will Jones Forward
Jordan Graham Forward 60'
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
Lewis Johnson Forward
Ryan Hughes Defender
Adriel George Midfielder 60'
Jack Snelus Forward
Lauric Diakiesse Forward 87'

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

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Luke ScottScott HannaDavid Brennan


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