Early pressure from Diamonds yielded no reward


AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0
Peterborough Sports 1

A much improved performance from Diamonds on Bank Holiday Monday but they fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to table toppers Peterborough Sports.

Two changes for Diamonds saw Jay Williams make his debut in place of Fernando Bell-Toxtle and Nathan Tshikuna come in for Ben Diamond.

Diamonds started brightly and put Sports under early pressure winning corners and whipping dangerous balls into the box. Free scoring Sports were restricted to sporadic attacks with Dion Sembie Ferris coming closest on a quick break from one of those Diamonds corners.

After Sports had started to grow in the game Diamonds had their best chance. A 29th minute 25 yard free-kick flew agonisingly wide when it looked to have rippled the net.

Shortly afterwards Sports pounced with the only goal of the game. Maniche Sani headed home an excellent cross that split the Diamonds back line.

Match Report: Paul Judd