Diamonds victorious as Poppies and Steelmen both lose out

Tom Lorraine grabbed AFC Rushden & Diamonds' second goal in their 2-0 friendly success over Biggleswade Town
Tom Lorraine grabbed AFC Rushden & Diamonds' second goal in their 2-0 friendly success over Biggleswade Town
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds picked up a notable 2-0 victory over higher-ranked Biggleswade Town in their latest pre-season outing.

Diamonds once again included Delroy Gordon and Steve Spriggs in their line-up while Nabil Shariff, who had a spell with Rushden & Diamonds, came on as a second-half substitute.

Andy Peaks’ team took the lead inside 80 seconds in front of a crowd of 233 when summer signing Courtney Herbert smashed Tom Lorraine’s cross home from close-range.

And it was Lorraine who grabbed the second goal five minutes into the second half when he fired home from 18 yards.

However, the game ended on a sour note as a Biggleswade player was sent off following a mass brawl.

Kettering Town went down 2-1 to a young Luton Town side in front of 419 fans at Latimer Park.

The Poppies fell behind to Omar Rowe’s curling shot after 19 minutes.

But Marcus Law’s men did equalise before the break as young striker Silvano Obeng grabbed his second goal in as many games when he slotted home after turning his marker.

But the impressive Jack Marriott grabbed what proved to be the winner for the Hatters just before the hour when he tapped home after his initial effort had been saved.

As promised, Tommy Wright did make changes for Corby Town’s friendly at Harborough Town but he wouldn’t have expected the final outcome as the Steelmen were thumped 4-1 by the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side.

The young Corby defence struggled and they were 2-0 down at the break with Wright’s brother Danny grabbing the second goal.

Greg Mills pulled a goal back in the second half and he and Kalern Thomas both had chances to find an equaliser.

But the Steelmen defence were punished late on as Harborough added two more to complete their victory.

Don’t miss more local football news and pictures in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph