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Diamonds suffered final-day heartbreak as they missed out on a play-off place on goal difference.

Knowing a point, or Alvechurch failing to beat Royston, would be enough to secure at least fifth place, they looked nervous throughout and Nuneaton played with the freedom of already being safe. Dean Snedker made an early save, Nathan Thsikuna blocked a goalbound strike and away striker Luke Benbow saw a bobbling effort easily held. Rushden briefly threatened through Will Jones’ header that was comfortably saved, but the away side then took the lead when Charlie Dowd’s half-volley found the net via the inside of the post. They should have doubled their advantage shortly afterwards when Anthony Dwyer was denied, and Cain Noble’s follow-up effort flashed narrowly wide.

After Snedker made a crucial save early on in the second half, Rushden upped the pressure after Alvechurch came from behind to lead. Paddy Casey’s header across was just cleared, a Connor Furlong corner somehow evaded a sea of players, Tshikuna fired a free-kick over and Liam Dolman shot over from close-range, though the offside flag was raised. Over seven minutes of additional time were played, and Jones almost scrambled home a dramatic equaliser, but Diamonds couldn’t find a goal as their season ended in devastation.

Full match report to follow



Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 23rd Apr, 2022 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Division Central 2021/22 40 644 Liam Dolman Fernando Bell-Toxtle


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Nuneaton Borough11



13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
2Benjamin Diamond Forward
3Samuel Warburton Defender
4Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder
5Liam Dolman Defender 90+5'
6Patrick Casey Defender
7Connor Furlong Midfielder
8Jesse Akubuine 17 Midfielder 62'
9Shane Bush 15 Defender 66'
10Will Jones Forward
11Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
12Jack Snelus Forward
14Ryan Hughes Defender
15Adriel George 9 Midfielder 66'
16Lewis Johnson Forward
17Lauric Diakiesse 8 Forward 81'

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

Nuneaton Borough

1Tony Breeden Goalkeeper
2Chukwuemeka Beejer Defender 44'
3Jaden Charles Defender 64'
18Shaquille Master Midfielder
5Joseph Magunda Defender
6Scott McManus Midfielder
19Anthony Dwyer Forward
8Charlie Dowd Midfielder 33'
9Luke Benbow 7 Forward 86'
10Revarnelle James 4 Forward 57'
11Cain Noble Midfielder
12Ahmed Obeng Forward
15Damien McCrory Defender
17Isaiah Osbourne Midfielder
4Gregory Kaziboni 10 Midfielder 57'
7Christopher Clements 9 Midfielder 86'

Manager: James Ginnelly
Coach: Andrew Danylyszyn
Physiotherapist: Jamie Capes
Physiotherapist: Kevin Willden
Kit Manager: Derrick Kodua
Assistant Kit Manager: Matty Robinson

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Richard EleyMatthew BasterfieldKeir Sheppard


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