Stratford Town FC 1 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2

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 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….

Man of the Match: Ryan Hughes

Attendance: 344

Match Summary: Paul Judd

Stratford Town

1. Liam O’Brien

2. Daniel Vann

3. Kynan Isaac

4. James Fry

5. Joseph Magunda

6. Jordan Williams

7. Daniel Lafferty

9. Jaanal Gordon

11. Ashley Sammons

17. Enoch Andoh

19. Lewis Wilson


8. Amer Awadh

12. Owen James (for Lafferty 46)

15. Harry Wakefield (for Andoh 80)

18. Jack Turner

20. William Dawes (for Wilson 40)

Goals – Magunda (47)

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

13. Dean Snedker

2. Patrick Casey

3. Sam Warburton

4. Jesse Akubuine

15. Ryan Hughes

6. Alex Collard

7. Nathan Tshikuna

8. Fernando Bell-Toxtle

9. Tom Lorraine

10. Ravi Shamsi

11. Connor Furlong


12. Matt Slinn (for Tshikuna)

14. Adriel George

5. Liam Dolman

16. Will Jones (for Lorraine 78)

17. Charlie Nixon

Goals – Ravi Shamsi (23), Ryan Hughes (55)