Gearing strikes to earn Diamonds replay

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Bedford Town will do it all again in the FA Cup preliminary round on Tuesday night after they drew 1-1 in front of over 700 fans at the Dog & Duck.

Diamonds looked to be heading out after Rob Parker put the Eagles ahead four minutes before half-time with a goal on the counter-attack.

But the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side kept going and were finally rewarded on 86 minutes when a long throw from Joe Henderson was flicked on by Liam Dolman and Matt Gearing finished it off at the far post.

The replay with the Southern League Division One Central side will be at the Eyrie on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).

Diamonds: Finlay, Henderson, Ashton, Parkinson, Dolman, Harris, Bunting, Ling, Lamb-Johnson, Dunkley, Koriya. Subs: Gearing, Lorraine, Redding, Turner, Brown.

Attendance: 754.