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Postponed match from 2nd October re-arranged for 26th October.

Diamonds enjoyed an excellent away day on Tuesday evening earning a 2-1 victory at Stratford Town.

Diamonds performed well throughout, comfortably soaking up early pressure and took the lead on 23 minutes in spectacular style. Ravi Shamsi whipped a superb 25 yard strike into the top right-hand corner from a free-kick. Further chances were at a premium at this stage of the game and it ended 1-0 to the Diamonds at half-time.

Stratford struck back very early in the second half scrambling the ball over the line on 47 minutes from a corner not cleared. Diamonds regrouped and got back on the front foot straight away with Alex Collard coming close before Ryan Hughes headed in superbly on 55 minutes from another Ravi Shamsi free-kick. Diamonds then managed the game well against a tiring and frustrated Stratford side and spurned two good late chances to kill the game but the points were safe.

Full report to follow….

Match Summary: Paul Judd


Diamonds travel to Stratford on Tuesday night to take on “The Bards” in Southern League Premier Central action.

After a run of just 2 points from 4 home league games Diamonds will be looking to build on good away form – unbeaten in 3 – in this first of four successive away league games.

Stratford broke a 3 game losing streak in the league with a win at Hitchin on Saturday and will be striving to keep their minds off an exciting FA Cup First Round Proper tie against Shrewsbury that is coming up in November.

Stratford Town FC

Stratford began in 1941 in local Worcestershire and Birmingham leagues before working through the West Midlands (Regional) League, a short stint in the Hellenic League and the Midland Alliance. They had to reform in 1998 and finally achieved Step 4 status in 2013 joining the Southern League before climbing to Step 3 in 2015.

“The Bards” moved to Knights Lane in 2008 and saw a record attendance of 1,253 just this month for the FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying replay against Boston United which was excitingly won 3-2. That record will most likely be beaten on 7th November when they take on Shrewsbury in the First Round Proper which will be shown live on ITV4.

Previous Games

The sides have played four league games to date and all have been won by the home side. The first was won 2-0 by Diamonds at Hayden Road in 2018 with Liam Dolman and Sam Johnson scoring. The first contest at Knights Lane was won 1-0 by Stratford. In 2019/2020 Stratford won their home game 3-1 inflicting Diamonds’ first defeat of the season at that point with former Diamond Chris Wreh scoring twice. The game at Hayden Road was an exciting affair, won 4-2 by Diamonds thanks to goals by Jesse Akubuine, Ben Acquaye, Liam Dolman and Ben Farrell and kept Diamonds in 8th place in the league.

Current Form

Stratford’s form has ebbed and flowed this season with 4 wins from the opening 6 games followed by 3 successive defeats. Some of those defeats have been just prior to exciting FA Cup ties including back-to-back defeats 5-2 at home to Peterborough Sports and 7-1 at Biggleswade just prior to the win against Boston United. They sit on a healthy overall return of 15 points from 10 games with 5 wins and 5 defeats and no games drawn. Home form sees three wins and one defeat which was that last home game against Peterborough Sports.

Diamonds have 13 points from 13 games but no wins in 6. They failed to score in the last two despite strong attacking performances and will be desperate to grab the goals performances have merited. Away form has been a little better overall for Diamonds who are unbeaten in the last three on the road. That includes a win at Nuneaton and draws at Needham Market and Stourbridge after the defeat to Bromsgrove Sporting in August.

The Game

Everyone is feeling the pressure of the disappointing run of results Diamonds have had and a road trip to beautiful Stratford will hopefully give Diamonds the boost they need to get back to winning ways. Stratford will be trying to keep their minds off the exciting FA Cup tie coming up but it will undoubtedly be a competitive game between sides who scored 10 goals between them in league games last season.

Radio Diamonds will be in action again and the usual interviews, highlights and in-game Twitter updates will keep you up to date with the action.

Enjoy the game.

Paul Judd

Radio Diamonds




Date Time League Season Match Day Attendance Man of the Match Captain
Tue, 26th Oct, 2021 7:45 pm Southern League Premier Central 2021/22 9 (new date) 344 Ryan Hughes Alex Collard



Club1st Half2nd HalfFull Time Score
Stratford Town FC011
The Diamonds112


The Arden Garages Stadium
Knights Lane, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7BZ

Stratford Town FC

Liam O’Brien Goalkeeper
Daniel Vann Defender
Kynan Isaac Defender 22'
James Fry (c) Defender 71'
Joseph Magunda Defender 47'
Jordan Williams Defender 85'
Daniel Lafferty 12 Midfielder 46'
Jaanai Gordon Forward
Ashley Sammons Midfielder 90'
Enoch Andoh 15 Midfielder 80'
Lewis Wilson Defender
Amer Awadh Midfielder
Owen James 7 Forward 46'
Harry Wakefield 17 Forward 80'
Jack Turner Defender
William Dawes Midfielder

Manager: Paul Davis
Coach: Mike Ford
Coach: John Hill
Physiotherapist: Amanda Sibanda
Kit Manager: Jack Webber-Bird
Coach: Ian Weaving

The Diamonds

Dean Snedker Goalkeeper
Patrick Casey Defender
Sam Warburton Defender
Jesse Akubuine Midfielder 74'
Ryan Hughes Defender 55'
Alex Collard Defender
Nathan Tshikuna Midfielder
Fernando Bell-Toxtle Midfielder 39'
Tom Lorraine Forward
Ravi Shamsi Forward 23'
Connor Furlong Midfielder
Matt Slinn Midfielder 80'
AJ George Midfielder
Liam Dolman Defender
Will Jones Forward 90'
Charlie Nixon Goalkeeper

Manager: Andy Peaks
Assistant Manager: Neil Champelovier
First Team Coach: Tom Chapman
Physiotherapist: Roisin O’Farrell

Match Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Neil PrattMichael WrightJames Whittington

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