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The Emirates FA Cup – First Round Qualifying

Diamonds bowed out of the FA Cup following a heavy defeat at fellow Southern League side Coalville.

After Rushden almost forged ahead in the first minute through Nathan Tshikuna, the hosts took the lead a minute later when Tim Berridge cut inside from the left and slammed an effort past Dean Snedker. Will Jones had an effort parried as Diamonds searched for an equaliser, and they got it when Nathan Tshikuna curled home a sumptuous free-kick from 25 yards. Following some close efforts from Tom McGlinchey and Berridge, Coalville did retake the lead near the end of the half as Berridge cut in from the right this time and clipped a low effort home. The advantage was then doubled in stoppage time when Berridge claimed his hat-trick courtesy of a cool finish under Snedker.

Coalville carried on where they left off in the second half and, after Berridge and McGlinchey threatened again, Berridge scored his and Coalville’s fourth when he arrowed a shot into the top corner after jinking inside. Diamonds did get a goal back when Jay Williams struck from 30 yards, but the hosts had the last say when substitute Kyle Jardine stroked home following a swift counter-attack.

Full match report to follow…


AFC Rushden & Diamonds face Coalville Town FC away at the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium on Saturday 4th September 3.00 pm Kick Off.

We can confirm that the following admission prices have been agreed:

Adult: £10
Concession: (65 and over) £7
Under 16: £2

Tickets can be purchased ahead of the day here.

Note: You may be asked to provide ID at the gate to verify your match ticket.

Diamonds start out on their 9th FA Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon with possibly the toughest draw they could have been given – Coalville Town FC away.

The two sides met in a dramatic game just 2 weeks ago with Joel Gyasi’s brilliant 92nd minute winner clinching Diamonds first and only win of the season so far, and inflicting Coalville’s only defeat to date.

Coalville Town FC and Previous Games

Our cup opponents today have been in existence since 1926 when they were founded as Ravenstone Miners Athletic. They moved through Leicestershire leagues and eventually moved to nearby Coalville in 1995 when their Ravenstone home could not be upgraded. They are known as the Ravens to this day.

They joined Midland Alliance and Northern Premier League’s before being moved to Southern League Central in 2018. Their stand out periods include reaching the first round of the FA Cup in their very first season in the competition in 2004 losing 1-0 to Wycombe Wanderers and winning the Midland Alliance in 2010 scoring an incredible 153 goals.

Diamonds won the first two games between the sides and the last but were beaten 4 times in between. The first meeting was in FA Trophy action in 2016 when Coalville were a level above Diamonds but were beaten 1-0 at the Dog & Duck. The first Southern League Central game was won by Diamonds 3-1 at Hayden Road but Coalville won the next four contests with 5-0, 1-0, and 4-1 wins at Coalville, and a 3-0 win at Hayden Road.

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round – Diamonds

Diamonds have made the 1st Round Qualifying in all 8 seasons they have competed in the competition entering at this stage in the last two seasons but fighting through to this round on no less than 6 occasions.

In keeping with the general trend Diamonds had only 2 home draws in those 8 ties but won 3 outright with victories at Bedfont & Feltham (2-1), Tividale (3-2) and a home win against Hornchurch (2-0).

The most “famous” 1st Round Qualifying tie was the match-up against Cockfosters. A predictable “away” draw saw Diamonds battle back twice to earn a 2-2 draw thanks to a late Russ Dunkley equaliser. The replay was very much the Russ Dunkley show with the striker hitting an incredible 5 headed goals in an 8-0 win.

Diamonds have sadly lost the last three 1st Round Qualifying matches with defeats at Hayes & Yeading (2-1) and Enfield (1-0) and a horror story defeat last season at home to Newark 5-0. The other defeat at this stage was in 2014 in their 2nd season in the competition losing at Hendon 1-0.

Recent Form

Diamonds come into the game off the back of a more encouraging performance on Bank Holiday Monday in the 1-0 defeat to table toppers Peterborough Sports. That still made it 3 defeats in 4 games all be it against fancied opponents. Diamonds sit 17th on 3 points with that one game in hand against most rivals.

Coalville have just the one defeat this season in that dramatic game against Diamonds and come into the game off the back of a home draw against local rivals Barwell. Two home wins against Stratford Town and Needham Market and a draw against Tamworth see Coalville in 6th place just outside the play-offs on 8 points from 5 games.

Tickets and Arrangements

Details of ticket arrangements and ground location can be found in the separate preview page for the 60 mile trip from Hayden Road to Coalville along the A14 and up the M1 to junction 22.


Radio Diamonds will be aiming to broadcast on Saturday and will be thinking back to that other FA Cup trip to Leicestershire when Liam Dolman hit a 95th minute equaliser against Barwell in the 3rd Round Qualifying in ecstatic scenes.

In match twitter should hopefully be back with your post-game match report, interviews and highlights all available after the game.

Enjoy the game

Paul Judd

Radio Diamonds


Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Sat, 4th Sep, 2021 3:00 pm FA Cup 2021/22 First Round Qualifying 384 Jay Williams Liam Dolman


Club1st Half2nd HalfFull Time Score
Coalville Town325
The Diamonds112


Coalville Town

Saul Deeney Goalkeeper
Alexander Dean Midfielder
Kian Taylor Defender
Jake Eggleton Defender
Stuart Pierpoint Defender
Connor Smith Midfielder
Luke Shaw Midfielder
Joe Doyle-Charles Midfielder 75'
Timothy Berridge Forward 2', 41', 45+1', 53'
Billy Kee Forward
Thomas McGlinchey Midfielder 87'
Dave Assuncao Midfielder 87'
Hervé Pepe-Ngoma Midfielder
Kyle Tomlin Defender
Kyle Jardine Forward 84'
Stephen Towers Midfielder 75'
Tomasz Bukowski Goalkeeper

Manager: Adam Stevens

The Diamonds

13Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Ben Garwood Defender
Samuel Warburton Defender
Jay Williams Defender 77'
Liam Dolman Defender
Ryan Hughes Defender
Joel Gyasi Midfielder 82'
Matthew Slinn Midfielder 59'
William Jones Forward
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder 13'
Patrick Casey Defender
Benjamin Diamond Forward 59'
Alex Collard Defender
Claudio Dias Midfielder 82'
Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder

Manager: Andy Peaks


Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium
Owen Street, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3DA

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