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Diamonds fought back to claim a draw against ten-man Bromsgrove Sporting following a frantic second half.

The visitors, who had lost five consecutive games before this clash, forged ahead in the sixth minute. A loose ball was played to Ryan Edmunds who steered a first-time strike inside the far post. Michael Taylor almost doubled the lead only to be denied by a goal-saving block, before Dan Sweeney and Taylor were thwarted by two crucial Dean Snedker saves.

Home striker Andy Kanga had a goal ruled out for offside, but they were handed a match-turning boost early in the second half when Bromsgrove defender Kieran Dawes was shown a second yellow card for a foul. Rushden levelled soon afterwards in dramatic circumstances when defender Evangelos Empochontsif swept a close-range effort past the keeper. There were strong appeals from the away side that it hadn’t crossed the line but, following consultation with the assistant referee, the goal was awarded.

The visitors picked up seven yellow cards in total and began to drop deeper, with the hosts laying siege to their goal in search of a late winner. The dangerous Miguel Ngwa fired narrowly over and substitute Jenson Cooper drifted a free header wide in stoppage-time, but Diamonds had to settle for a point as they moved off the foot of the table.

Full match report to follow


Re-arranged from 18th October 2022; originally re-arranged from 10th September 2022.

Diamonds have a home match against Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday, 29th October (3:00 pm kick-off).

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £11

Over 60 concessions: £8

Under 21 (aged 17-21): £8

Students: £8

Under 16 (aged 9-16): £2

Under 8: Free (accompanied by a paying adult/over 60 concession)

Our hosts

A club born out of Bromsgrove Rovers, Sporting started life in the Midland Combination Division Two and have worked their way back up to Step 3. The Rouslers play at The Victoria Ground and narrowly avoided the drop last year, finishing 18th.

Meetings between the clubs

The first game between the sides was a chastening experience for Diamonds with the Rouslers running out incredible 8-2 winners at Hayden Road. It was an even game when Diamonds equalised at 2-2 on 39 minutes but a third for a dominant Bromsgrove and two sendings off either side of half-time killed Diamonds chances. Nine man Diamonds battled to be just 4-2 down by the 82nd minute but a tiring, dispirited Diamonds conceded four goals in a horrendous last 10 minutes.

Diamonds reclaimed some pride with a hard fought 0-0 draw in the away game but were beaten 1-0 in the short “voided” season at Bromsgrove in October 2020.

In August 2021 Bromsgrove claimed the win with a 2-1 victory to kick start their season, but Diamonds bounced back to turn the tables in April 2022 with Will Jones and Connor Furlong securing a 2-1 victory.

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.



DateTimeLeagueSeasonMatch DayAttendanceMan of the MatchCaptain
Sat, 29th Oct, 20223:00 pmSouthern League Premier Division Central2022/237 (re-arranged)320Miguel NgwaNathan Hicks


ClubHalf TimeFull Time
Bromsgrove Sporting11



13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
2Kartell Dawkins 14 Midfielder 64'
5Ryan Hughes Defender
7Fraser Corden Midfielder
6Hamilton Bunga 10 Defender 59'
4Charlie Black Forward
11Nathan Hicks Midfielder
17Andy Kanga 9 Midfielder 76'
20Miguel Ngwa Midfielder
15Evangelos-Nikaloas Empochontsif Defender 64'
16Luis Pinto-Leite Midfielder
10Jack Connor 6 Forward 59'
9Jenson Cooper 17 Forward 76'
14Nigel Chikamba 2 Midfielder 64'
19Morgan Worsfold-Gregg Midfielder
21Dante Grey Defender

Manager: Richard Maxwell
Coach: Gary Moss
Coach: Howard Willmott
Sports Therapist: Peter Cockings

Bromsgrove Sporting

1Oliver Taylor Goalkeeper
2Kieron Dawes Defender 42'
3Ammar Dyer Defender 63'
4Joe Curtis Midfielder
5Thomas Taylor Defender
6Michael McGrath Defender 62'
7Vladimiro Pais Midfielder 47'
8Muhammad Sebbeh Njie Midfielder
9Daniel Sweeney 12 Forward 79'
10Michael Taylor 14 Forward 77'
11Ryan Edmunds 16 Midfielder 6'
12Zidan Sutherland 9 Forward 81'
13Liam Armstrong Goalkeeper
14George Forsyth 10 Midfielder 53'
15Dominic Perkins Defender
16Callum King-Harmes 11 Midfielder 74'

Assistant Manager: Richard Sneekes
Player/Manager: Michael McGrath
Assistant Manager: Andy Mason
Physiotherapist: Gavin Blackwell

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Joe WoolmerJonathan LivingstonMatthew Paul


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