Al­bion shine bright against Di­a­monds

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY 2ND ROUND QUALIFYING - By An­drew Simp­son

WIT­TON Al­bion’s record against AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds re­mains un­blem­ished and a fourth suc­ces­sive win against them was a con­vinc­ing one.

The visi­tors had a sight of goal when goal­keeper Greg Hall par­ried Ben Far­rell’s drive but Tom Lor­raine’s at­tempt was wild af­ter he got to the loose ball.

They fell be­hind on 20 min­utes when Tom Owens’ neat pass sent Ce­saire clear and he steered the ball out of cus­to­dian Ben Heath’s reach. Rush­den’s num­ber one re­acted smartly though to block Danny McKenna’s shot early in the sec­ond half be­fore Jack West­brook’s header hit the post at the other end.

Wit­ton were then de­nied in sim­i­lar fash­ion af­ter River Humphreys stretched to di­vert Josh War­dle’s flickon against the cross­bar.

Al­bion did dou­ble their lead though when Zack Reynolds, con­scious that James Fo­ley was be­hind him, sliced a curl­ing cross from McKenna into his own goal.

Rush­den ral­lied in an at­tempt to break their scor­ing duck against Carl Macau­ley’s men and War­dle smug­gled a Lor­raine header off the line when Hall failed to claim a high ball.

Owens’ ef­fort, af­ter Matty Devine’s glo­ri­ous clipped pass found him in space, forced Heath to save low down late on.

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