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Diamonds were cruelly beaten by a contentious late penalty in a close encounter at Garden Walk.

For the third consecutive game running, they conceded early on as a corner dropped for Ronnie Henry to crash home from close-range. Dean Snedker made two good saves to stop the hosts from extending their advantage, and Rushden themselves came close through Andy Kanga and Conor Tee. They ended the half well and were millimetres away from an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when Jack Connor’s effort was somehow tipped over.

The visitors did soon have a leveller in the 53rd minute when Miguel Ngwa powered a low strike inside the near post, and a couple of other promising attacking moves broke down at the last. Kanga narrowly headed over from Fraser Corden’s dinked cross, but Royston continued to pose a physical threat and it took an exceptional save from Snedker to deny Adam Murray. The home side were to win it though as, with ten minutes remaining, Kartell Dawkins was adjudged to have blocked a cross with his hand. Home top-scorer Matthew Bateman coolly rolled in the penalty and, despite Ngwa being thwarted late on, there was no way back for Diamonds.

Full match report to follow


Diamonds travel to Royston Town on Saturday, 12th November (kick-off 3:00 pm).

Admission prices are as follows:

Adult: £12

Over 65 Concession: £8

Under 16: £4

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Our hosts

Royston Town will be holding an Act of Remembrance just before kick-off. As such they encourage all supporters to arrive early so that the silence can be observed by all and will not be interrupted.

Meetings between the clubs

In the corresponding fixture last season Diamonds won 2-1.

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Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 12th Nov, 2022 3:00 pm Southern League Premier Division Central 2022/23 18 345 Miguel Ngwa Nathan Hicks


Club1st Half2nd HalfFull Time Score
Royston Town112
The Diamonds011


Royston Town

13Dimitrios Kyriatzis Goalkeeper
2Cole Dasilva Defender
3Joel Nakatani-Brown Defender
4Spyros Mentis 16 Midfielder 75'
6Ronnie Henry Defender 7'
20Daniel Newton Defender
7Jarid Robson 17 Midfielder 70'
8Alfie Williams Midfielder
5Adam Murray Defender 83'
10Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
11Connor Furlong 15 Midfielder 60'
12Shaun Keane Defender
14Max Bustamante Macaire Forward
15Kian Harness 11 Forward 60'
16Fernando Bell-Toxtle 4 Midfielder 79'
17Matthew Bateman 7 Forward 81'

Manager: Steve Castle
Assistant Manager: Chris Watters
Fitness Coach: Scott Taylor
Goalkeeper Coach: Jason Maguire
Coach: Lewis Endacott
Physiotherapist: James Smith

The Diamonds

13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
2Kartell Dawkins Midfielder 80'
15Evan Empochontsif Defender
4Charlie Black Forward
5Ryan Hughes 6 Defender 84'
20Miguel Ngwa Midfielder 53'
7Fraser Corden Midfielder
17Andy Kanga 9 Midfielder 79'
14Conor Tee Midfielder
10Jack Connor 18 Forward 66'
11Nathan Hicks Midfielder 78'
6Hamilton Bunga 5 Defender 84'
9Dylan Surace 17 Forward 79'
16Peter Abimbola Midfielder
18Christopher Manangu 10 Forward 66'
21Dante Grey Defender

Manager: Richard Maxwell
Coach: Gary Moss
Coach: Howard Willmott
Physiotherapist: Peter Cockings

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Matthew FletcherTom CartwrightCameron Rayment


Garden Walk
Garden Walk, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 7HP

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