The Non-League Football Paper - - SATURDAY MATCH CENTRE - By Craig Cooper

AFC RUSHDEN & Diamonds de­servedly took the three points in this keenly con­tested match.

The away side took the lead af­ter just 69 sec­onds. A mix-up in the home de­fence saw Al­bie Hop­kins tuck un­der Mar­cus Garn­ham.

Leis­ton keeper Mar­cus Garn­ham then picked up a knock but car­ried on.

Af­ter Tom Bullard gave away a free-kick on the half­way line, Tom Lor­raine headed in the set piece.

Min­utes later, Garn­ham was re­placed by Harry Knights, with Joe Jef­ford go­ing in goal.

Jake Reed spurned a good op­por­tu­nity but in the 48th minute of the first half, Christy Finch curled home a bril­liant free-kick.

Leis­ton de­fended well at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Rushden had some good chances but were waste­ful with their fin­ish­ing, while a great Finch pass put in Jake Reed and he blasted into the side net­ting.

The vis­i­tors made the game safe on 79 min­utes as Ben Di­a­mond headed home past Jef­ford.

Harry Knights then brought down Lor­raine in the area and Ben Far­rell fired home from the spot.

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