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Diamonds fell to a second 2-1 defeat after taking the lead in a few days after another harsh penalty decision gave Hitchin Town the victory in a close contest on Tuesday night.

Diamonds were bright in the first half getting in behind their confident opposition more than they had done in previous games and took the lead on 36 minutes. Connor Furlong and Nathan Hicks combined to get Connor Tee free into the right side of the box where his fizzed-in cross was bundled into the net by a retreating defender under pressure from Jack Connor (goal awarded).

Hitchin responded within a minute as a shot across the rain soaked surface rebounded into the path of Stephen Cawley to stab home from close range.

Both sides had chances to open the scoring in the early stages with Jack Connor lifting a bouncing ball over the away keeper but just wide and turning on a loose ball in the box and seeing his excellent snapshot just saved by the Hitchin keeper.

Hitchin missed with a good shooting chance from inside the box and missed an open goal from 10 yards with just a Diamonds defender on the line.

Half-time: Diamonds 1 Hitchin Town 1

Despite starting the second half well Diamonds gradually surrendered the initiative and Hitchin started to largely dominate. The winning goal came from a harsh penalty award on 61 minutes as a free kick was fired into the wall and awarded as handball by the referee. Jack Morrell stepped up to convert.

Diamonds struggled to respond and were restricted to shots from distance by the impressive Nathan Hicks and when Miguel Ngwa tricked his way in behind the away keeper but saw his effort blocked by a retreating defender.

Final Score: Diamonds 1 Hitchin Town 2

A disappointing result for Diamonds after a decent first half in which they took the lead again. Hitchin improved in the 2nd half and probably deserved the win as Diamonds struggked but they were a tad lucky with the penalty decision.

Next up the trip to Alvechurch on Saturday.

Match Report: Paul Judd


Diamonds welcome Hitchin to Hayden Road on Tuesday (16 August, 7:45 pm kick-off) for their first midweek match of the 2022/23 Pitching In Southern League Premier Central.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £11

Concessions: £8

Students: £8

Under 21s: £6

Under 16s: £2

Tickets can be purchased in advance here. You can also pay at the turnstile by either cash or contactless payment.

Our visitors

They play at Top Field and finished 17th in the league last season. The Canaries are managed by Mark Burke and currently sit sixth having beaten Barwell before a goalless draw at home to Rushall Olympic.

To find out more about the club, visit their website here.

Season so far

Diamonds currently occupy 17th place after drawing their opening game 0-0 at home to Needham Market before a late 2-1 defeat at league newcomers Basford last time out.

Meetings between the clubs

Diamonds and Hitchin have faced each other on seven occasions, with Diamonds emerging victorious five times and two draws (Hitchin winning one on penalties).

The full list of results between the two sides is:

Diamonds 0-0 Hitchin (Hitchin won 4-3 on pens) – BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup Third Round, 9th January 2018

Diamonds 2-1 Hitchin (Diamond, Bowen) – Southern League Premier Division Central, 13th November 2018

Hitchin 3-4 Diamonds (Diamond, Lorraine, Bowen, Johnson) – Southern League Premier Division Central, 5th January 2019

Hitchin 1-1 Diamonds (Ashton) – Southern League Premier Division Central, 16th September 2019

Diamonds 7-1 Hitchin (Wreh x4, Collard, Smith, Akubuine) – Southern League Premier Division Central, 29th September 2020

Diamonds 2-1 Hitchin (Shamsi, Collard) – Southern League Premier Division Central, 25th September 2021

Hitchin 1-2 Diamonds (Diamond, Deacon) – Southern League Premier Division Central, 4th December 2021

Can’t make the game?

Our Radio Diamonds team will be providing live commentary as the action unfolds – tune in at mixlr.com/radiodiamondsafc. Listeners will be able to message with their comments and thoughts on 07394 309591.

We will also doing live updates on our Twitter account at twitter.com/AFCRD. Highlights and interviews will be available after the game at youtube.com/AFCRDTV.

Match preview: Ollie Mortimer



DateTimeLeagueSeasonMatch DayAttendanceMan of the MatchCaptain
Tue, 16th Aug, 20227:45 pmSouthern League Premier Division Central2022/233361Conor TeeNathan Hicks


ClubHalf TimeFull Time
Hitchin Town12



13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
2Patrick Casey 12 Defender 75'
5Courtney Lashley 19 Defender 75'
6Matthew Fossen Defender
7Connor Furlong Midfielder 22'
14Conor Tee Midfielder
11Nathan Hicks Midfielder
8Jesse Akubuine Midfielder
15Evangelos-Nikaloas Empochontsif Defender
10Jack Connor Forward 37'
20Miguel Ngwa 16 Midfielder 67'
12Eniola Agemoh-Davies 2 Defender 75'
19Fraser Corden 5 Midfielder 75'
16Morgan Worsfold-Gregg 20 Midfielder 67'
17Zander Watson Goalkeeper
18Tyrese Sutherland Midfielder

Assistant Manager/Head of Academy: Chris Willmott
Manager: Andy Burgess
Head of Performance: Martin Whalley
Performance and Recruitment Analyst: Dominic Wheway

Hitchin Town

1Charles Horlock Goalkeeper
2Kye Tearle 15 Midfielder 62'
3Malaki Black Midfielder
4Toby Syme Defender
5Stanley Georgiou Defender
6Jack Morrell Defender 61'
7Lewis Barker Midfielder
8Stephen Gleeson Midfielder
9Rio Dasilva 12 Midfielder 86'
10Stephen Cawley 14 Forward 38'
11Finley Wilkinson Midfielder
12Johnny Allotey 9 Forward 86'
13Tiernan Parker Goalkeeper
14Samuel Meakes 10 Forward 83'
15Delsin Ackom 2 Defender 62'
16Bradley Bell Midfielder

Manager: Mark Burke
Assistant Manager: Adam Parker
Physiotherapist: Sam Backhouse
Coach: Michael Jones
Coach: Joshua Bickerstaff
Kit Manager: Derek Barker

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Sam WessonAndrew CuthbertThomas Burt


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