Diamonds cause cup upset as Cambridge are dumped out

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Mark Starmer
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Mark Starmer

AFC Rushden & Diamonds collected the best result of their short existence as they dumped Cambridge City out of the FA Cup.

Mark Starmer’s men left it late to claim second qualifying round glory, however.

It was not until the second minute of injury time that they finally saw off their visitors as Alfie Taylor tucked home Russ Dunkley’s cross to win the match 3-2.

It was Taylor’s second of the game.He had put Diamonds ahead after just six minutes before the Southern League Premier Division visitors struck back with a close range effort and a penalty to take the lead.

Aaron King then levelled for the Diamonds on 69 minutes before Taylor’s late, late effort completed an excellent giantkilling.