Diamonds win third on the bounce


Hitchin Town FC 1-2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Diamonds won their third consecutive league match as they held on for a hard-fought victory over bottom side Hitchin.

The visitors got off to the perfect start inside two minutes when Ben Diamond volleyed home a corner, and they almost doubled their lead soon afterwards when Connor Furlong was denied.

The advantage was extended when Ravi Shamsi slipped a neat ball through to Ty Deacon who clinically poked an effort past the keeper and in off the far post.

Hitchin threatened with a few efforts off-target and some shots terrifically blocked, but Rushden seemed pretty comfortable at the half-time break.

That all changed ten minutes into the second half when home striker Callum Stead tricked his way into the area before seeing a shot deflected up and over Dean Snedker into the net.

A number of long balls, set-pieces and long throws were then hit into the Diamonds area as the hosts pressed for an equaliser but, aside from a few routine saves and one goalmouth melee, Snedker was protected by a stoic defensive display.

They could have put the game to bed a few times on the counter-attack, but in the end Rushden had done enough to seal another three points.

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