Diamonds swoop for frontman Liversedge

Tom Liversedge, pictured celebrating a goal for Rugby Town earlier this season, has signed for AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Tom Liversedge, pictured celebrating a goal for Rugby Town earlier this season, has signed for AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have signed former Wellingborough Town striker Tom Liversedge.

Andy Peaks confirmed the latest addition to his squad completed his move last night (Tuesday) as his team suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Histon in the first round of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup.

Liversedge played under Craig Adams for the Doughboys and then followed the manager to both Bedford Town and Rugby Town. Most recently, he had been with Belper Town.

Liversedge is in line to be part of the Diamonds squad for this weekend’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central home clash with Potters Bar Town.

But he won’t be available when Diamonds head to Barwell in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup next weekend, having already featured in the competition this season.

“We have signed Tom and I think he will be a good addition for us,” Peaks said.

“He has played at a decent level and he gives us an extra option in the attacking areas.

“He is cup-tied so won’t be available for the game at Barwell but that will be the case with most players if we do try to strengthen.”

Peaks, meanwhile, described the loss to Histon as “a worthwhile exercise”.

As expected, the Diamonds boss made a number of changes and handed full debuts to youngsters Alex Vitue and James Harvey.

Diamonds found themselves 2-0 down inside five minutes but pulled a goal back in the second half when Dom Lawless converted a penalty.

“We started badly and gave them two goals but I guess that was to be expected with a completely different back four,” Peaks said.

“But we grew into the game and there were some good performances.

“I think Histon had nine of the 11 that played the previous Saturday involved so it was a good test for some of our lads.

“The Red Insure Cup wasn’t one of our priorities but it was a worthwhile exercise as we managed to give some of the young lads experience of a first-team fixture.”

Diamonds return to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central duty on Saturday when they host Potters Bar Town.

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