Diamond’s solid start but ends in a second defeat of the new season


Bromsgrove Sporting FC 2
AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1

Diamonds fell to a second defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon with the trip to Bromsgrove Sporting ending in a 2–1 reverse.

Diamonds started solidly but conceded a poor goal on 11 minutes to hand the initiative to the home side.

Chances to clear a ball bouncing around the box were missed before it was finally back-heeled over the line from five yards.

Tom Lorraine headed against the bar as Diamonds tried to respond but they conceded a goal out of nowhere on 42 minutes as a speculative strike from 30 yards went into the top corner.

A better second half saw plenty of dangerous situations but few lead to chances.

The game became end to end as Diamonds took more chances and Patrick Casey denied a potentially clinching third for Sporting before Diamonds earned a penalty.

Joel Gyasi saw his rising effort well saved.

Sporting spurned some good situations on the break before Lorrell Smith pounced on an error to run in on goal and slide the ball home on 88 minutes to give Diamonds hope.

A free kick and corner built late pressure but Diamonds had not done enough to deserve a point and resurgent Bromsgrove deservedly took the points.

A disappointing performance after the encouragement of last week’s win but an early chance to put things right today, (Monday), with the visit of Peterborough Sports to Hayden Road.

Match Summary: Paul Judd.