SATURDAY FOOTBALL – Diamonds suffer first league loss as Steelmen and Poppies also lose

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds suffered their first defeat of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season as they went down 1-0 at Godalming Town.

The closest either side came in the first half was when Tommy Berwick’s shot crashed off the crossbar.

But it was the hosts who took the lead just past the hour when Sam Brown lost possession and Louis Hutton rifled home a dipping effort from 25 yards.

Diamonds’ task was made harder when Liam Dolman was shown a straight red card for a late challenge.

But Godalming were also reduced to 10 men as Nick Hutchings was dismissed for a similar tackle.

Tom Lorraine had a late long-range effort saved but Diamonds were unable to find an equaliser.

Corby Town slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Boston United in the Vanarama National League North.

The Steelmen fell behind on 22 minutes when Ryan Robbins beat debutant goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne with a powerful drive while former Corby man Carl Piergianni earlier saw a header come back off the woodwork.

Corby’s best chance of the first half came when Callum Ball headed a Kurtis Revan cross wide.

Boston struck the post again in the second half while Corby manager Tommy Wright shot wide after coming on as a substitute.

Paul Malone made a return to first-team football for the Steelmen as a substitute but Boston rounded things off in the final minute when Kaine Felix beat Burgoyne with a rising shot at the near post.

Kettering Town produced a dreadful second-half display as lower-ranked Burscough claimed a 3-0 win at Latimer Park to move into the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

There were plenty of chances in an open first half as visiting goalkeeper Calvin Hare twice denied Liam Canavan before also having to tip over Poppies stopper Craig Hill’s big punt up the pitch.

Burscough had their opportunities as well with John Connolly smashing a shot off the post.

The visitors took the lead nine minutes into the second half when, out of nothing, Will Jones cut in from the left and sent a superb curling shot into the far corner.

And the tie was over when Hill brought down Monaghan for a clear penalty, which visiting Paul Williams converted.

Burscough rubbed salt into the wounds as the Poppies fell apart as they made it 3-0 with 12 minutes to go, Nick Ryan heading home unmarked from a corner.