SATURDAY SPORT – Dolman keeps Diamonds’ FA Cup dreams alive while Steelmen and Poppies both lose

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Liam Dolman was the late, late hero for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they kept their FA Cup dreams alive with a 2-2 draw in the fourth qualifying round at Barwell.

Diamonds seemed to be heading out but the big central defender popped up with his second of the game in the final minute of stoppage-time to earn a replay at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night.

It means both teams will be in the hat for Monday’s live televised first-round draw.

Diamonds should have been in front inside two minutes when Tom Lorraine’s cross took a deflection and looped up but Tommy Berwick sent a free header wide.

From there, Barwell had the better of things and Brady Hickey was off target twice before the hosts took the lead on 11 minutes.

Eddie Nisevic crossed from the left and found Ant Carney and he produced a neat turn before firing into the far corner.

Nigel Julian shot just wide soon after but there were few other chances with Diamonds struggling to create any openings.

But they did find an equaliser 12 minutes into the second half when Claudiu Hoban swung in a corner from the right and Dolman rose highest with his header creeping in at the far post.

However, Barwell looked to be going through when Richard Lavery headed home from a corner with 14 minutes to go.

For so long Diamonds didn’t look like creating another chance but then, in the last of five minutes of stoppage-time, a mass scramble ended with the ball breaking for Dolman who hammered it home to send the large travelling army of fans into ecstacy.

Corby Town’s problems went from bad to worse in the Vanarama National League North as they were hammered 4-0 by Curzon Ashton at Steel Park.

The Steelmen were handed the chance to make a perfect start when they were awarded a penalty after 11 minutes. But Spencer Weir-Daley saw his spot-kick saved by Hakan Burton.

And Corby went on to pay the price for that miss as Curzon took control.

They took the lead on 17 minutes when Niall Cummins headed home Joe Guest’s cross into the box.

The visitors’ Matty Warburton had an effort ruled out for offside while Weir-Daley headed wide at the other end.

But Curzon made it 2-0 four minutes before the break when good play from Warburton and Guest ended with Cummins grabbing his second of the day.

Paul Walker was forced into a fine early save in the second half but Curzon did make it 3-0 on 48 minutes when Warburton fired home.

Greg Mills made a welcome return from injury and sent a free-kick just wide but Curzon added their fourth when Warburton struck again as shot home after his first effort had hit the post.

Kettering Town squandered a 1-0 lead at Hitchin Town fought back to claim a 2-1 win in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies had an early let off when Jonny McNamara’s heavy touch allowed Craig Hill to collect after the Hitchin man had beaten the offside trap.

The Poppies responded with Courtney Baker-Richardson seeing his shot tipped over by Charlie Horlock, who also denied the same player soon after.

But the Poppies did take the lead on the half-hour when, after a James Brighton corner wasn’t cleared properly, Baker-Richardson found Ogbonna who smashed home at the far post.

Hitchin did have the ball in the net before the break but McNamara’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Ollie Thorne blocked a shot from Lucas Kirkpatrick in the second half while Will Grocott curled one wide at the other end.

But Hitchin’s fightback started when Kirkpatrick equalised as he tapped home the rebound after Hill had saved his initial header.

And the hosts hit the winner with two minutes to go when McNamara beat the offside trap and slid the ball home.