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  July 2014 News
Wednesday 30th
Diamonds shine in shoot out
AFC Rushden & Diamonds won the Supporters Direct Shield following a penalty shoot out, after Hinckley AFC had held the United Counties League Premier team to a 2-2 draw at their Dog & Duck ground.

Matt Gearing gave the Diamonds an early lead finishing from close range from a downward header from Russ Dunkley. Hinckley equalised soon after through Tyrone Clark-O'Connell when he ran inside off the wing and fired a shot in from the edge of the area, which beat Matt Finlay with the help of a deflection. Diamonds went back in front just before half time, Dunkley this time scoring a looping header over Ben Astley. After half time Astley did not reappear and it transpired he had been carrying an injury after a knock at the start of the game, with no keeper on the bench defender Gregg Webb came on and played the second half in goal. With the season starting this week, both sides dropped the intensity level, and with the game drifting towards a Diamond victory, Hinckley snatched a draw right at the end. Justin Nisbett converted a deep cross from a tight angle to level the scores 2-2 and send the game to penalties. Webb had done well as a stand in keeper but couldn't save any of the penalties, whilst Finlay saved two and Diamonds won the Shield.

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