AFC Rushden & Diamonds U18 5-2 MK College

AFC Rushden & Diamonds 5-2 Milton Keynes College


With the U18s final league game of the season cancelled at late notice due to their opponents, Oxford City, not being able to field a team, the club hastily arranged a friendly match against manager Mark Walsh’s Milton Keynes College side. With Walsh on the visitors’ bench, the Diamonds were led by Assistant Manager Dean Thomas.

Rushden ran out 5-2 winners in a terrific game, with both sides playing their part in the entertainment.  The hosts led 2-1 at half time thanks to goals from Zach Farden and Blake Helsdown, but MK College replied just before the break with a fine solo goal from Alex Dixon.

The Diamonds stepped up a gear after the break, turning in their best performance for several weeks, storming into a 5-1 lead through Jake Reynolds (2) and substitute Matt Foster, Reynolds first goal a stunning 25 yards strike on his weaker left foot. The visitors replied late on through Nasir Hamen, who tapped home after a powerful 30 yard strike had been parried by Michael Brimah.

Attendance: Approx. 50

Man of the Match: Jake Reynolds


AFC   Rushden & Diamonds

Milton   Keynes College

24. Alex Vitue
  2. Ben Roche
  3. Zach Farden
  4. Noah Bryant
  5. Adam Ziolkowski
  6. Alex McDonald (c)
  7. Liam Bond
  8. Fred Devereaux
  10. Jake Reynolds
  11. Blake Helsdown
  14. Conor Bell

Shaun Holloway
  Luke Fathers
  Lewis Strafford
  Enoch Sare
  Wes McGrath
  Dan Bevis
  Steve Blood
  Adam Bowdrey
  Conor Collins
  Alex Dixon
  Brendon Bannah

  18. Matt Foster
  19. Matt Smith
  86. Michael Brimah

  Nasir Hamen

  Farden (36 mins)
  Helsdown (37 mins)
  Reynolds (54 mins)
  Reynolds (61 mins)
  Foster (63 mins)

  Dixon (42 mins)
  Hamen (88 mins)



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