NFA Hillier Senior Cup – Quarter-Final
1-1 at full-time – Diamonds win 4-2 on penalties.
Diamonds penalty scorers: Sam Warburton, Will Jones, Nathan Tshikuna & Connor Furlong.
Kettering penalty scorers: Harrison Neal & Rhys Sharpe.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds have advanced to the Semi-Finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup after eliminating near neighbours Kettering Town. The two sides could not be separated in normal time as the match finished level at 1-1. A penalty shootout was required to decide the winner and the Diamonds prevailed 4-2 on spot kicks to progress.
Andy Peaks made two changes to the side which completed the dramatic comeback against Hednesford Town at the weekend with Ben Diamond and AJ George replacing Nathan Tshikuna and Connor Furlong.
The Diamonds lined up in their 4-2-3-1 that we are accustomed to seeing; Dean Snedker played in goal. The back four consisted of Patrick Casey, Alex Collard, Ryan Hughes and Sam Warburton. The midfield contained Fernando Bell-Toxtle and Matthew Slinn with Ben Diamond operating as a number ten. Ravi Shamsi and AJ George took up the wings with Ty Deacon leading the line.
Rushden made a bright start to the game and subsequently produced the first opportunity on goal for either side. Ravi Shamsi tiptoed through the Kettering defence and fired his shot into the side netting.
However, it was the visitors who struck with the opening goal of the night. The ball broke for Jordan Crawford, following a long throw into the box, who fired it across goal for Connor Johnson to turn in at the back post.
Clear chances came at a premium for the remainder of the half. Jordan Crawford blazed an effort over the bar for Kettering before Ravi Shamsi saw his free kick rise marginally over the top for Diamonds.
Diamonds came flying out of the traps for the second half and wasted no time in creating chances to equalise. Alex Collard’s thunderous header was cleared from the underside of the bar and off the line.
Rushden continued to turn the screw and soon after found the goal to level the scoring. As Kettering struggled to clear the danger, Ty Deacon pounced onto the loose ball and bundled it home for his first goal in Diamonds colours.
The match started to open up with both sides carving out chances in search of a winning goal. Connor Kennedy steered a header wide for Kettering with Ravi Shamsi drawing Paul Davis into an expert save.
Kyle Perry saw a couple of headers drift wide later on but neither side could force a decisive goal in normal time.
Dean Snedker stamped his authority in the shootout with two excellent saves to deny Kyle Perry and Claudio Ofosu.
In addition to this, Diamonds scored all of their penalties in emphatic fashion! Sam Warburton, Will Jones, Nathan Tshikuna and Connor Furlong all found the net to ensure Diamonds overcame the Poppies and won the tie.
Full Time: AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 1-1 KETTERING TOWN FC (AFC R&D win 4-2 on penalties)
Andy Peaks’ side have now progressed to the Semi-Finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup and are now potentially one game away from a Final at Sixfields.
Match Report: Joseph McCormack
AFC Rushden & Diamonds are pleased to announce arrangements for supporters for the Northamptonshire FA Hillier Senior Cup match v Kettering Town FC on Tuesday, 9th November 2021.
The match will kick off at 7:45pm and is all-ticket. Season tickets are not valid for this fixture. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no facility to purchase tickets at the turnstiles.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Tickets for all supporters will be on sale from 9am on Tuesday, 2nd November. Home supporters are asked to ensure that they choose the ‘Home Admission’ option.
The game will be segregated with home supporters occupying the Shortstocks/Peter De Banke end of the ground and away supporters in the Birch Road end. Home supporters will have exclusive access to the Club Bar and Dale’s Bar as usual and we hope to have additional catering facilities situated next to the Peter De Banke Terrace.
Away supporters have been allocated the Birch Road end of the ground and will have access to the Oak Room bar until the end of half time.
Turnstiles will open at 6.30pm and home supporters should enter the ground through the home turnstiles. All supporters are encouraged to arrive early and to follow the direction of matchday stewards at all times. Turnstiles will close if capacity has been reached or on the advice of the matchday safety officer and/or Police.
All supporters will be subject to bag searches and random personal searches by appointed club stewards prior to ground entry.
Supporters from both clubs are reminded that our ground regulations will be enforced. Exit and re-entry to the ground will not be permitted and any supporter found in the wrong end of the ground will be ejected.
Tickets for the match can be purchased here.
|Date||Time||League||Season||Match Day||Attendance||Man of the Match||Captain|
|Tue, 9th Nov, 2021||7:45 pm||Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup||2021/22||Quarter-Final||475||Fernando Bell-Toxtle||Alex Collard|
|Referee||Assistant Referee 1||Assistant Referee 2|
|Andrew Humphries||Sam Anderson||Abdul Kadir|
|Hayden Road Sports Ground, Hayden Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0HX|