MIDWEEK FOOTBALL – Diamonds’ FA Cup dreams are ended while Poppies go out of the Red Insure Cup

All the details from tonight's football action
All the details from tonight's football action

AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ FA Cup dream was ended as Barwell claimed a deserved 1-0 success in the fourth qualifying round replay at the Dog & Duck.

A club record attendance of 1,162 was on hand to watch the clash but the majority of them went home disappointed as Barwell reached the first round proper for the first time in their history.

A poor first half ended goalless with the visitors having the better of things, although Matt Finlay wasn’t forced into a save. The closest they came was when Jamie Towers shot wide.

At the other end, Diamonds struggled to create any clear openings but goalkeeper Liam Castle did deflect an effort from Tom Lorrraine away for a corner.

It was better in the second half with Courtney Herbert having a free-kick saved while Eddy Nisevic wasted a golden chance at the other end when he dragged his shot wide, despite having plenty of time.

But the visitors did take the lead with 19 minutes to go. Alex Tomkinson whipped in a free-kick from the right and Brady Hickey rose unmarked to head past Finlay.

Diamonds were unable to create any clear-cut chances after that as Barwell saw things out to book a first-round home clash with Welling United.

Kettering Town were knocked out of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup as their Premier Division rivals Stratford Town prevailed in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw.

As expected, Marcus Law made a number of changes to his starting line-up.

But the Poppies couldn’t have asked for a better start as they opened the scoring after just 26 seconds when Elliot Sandy fired home.

But Stratford turned things around as Richard Gregory levelled when he scored at the second attempt and then Tyrone Fagan made it 2-1 when his header looped over Craig Hill.

The Poppies did get back on terms before the break when a Reubus Richard-Noel back-heel released Courtney Baker-Richardson and his calmly beat the home goalkeeper.

Startford looked like they had won it when Liam Francis headed home a corner with nine minutes to go.

But the Poppies sent the game into shoot-out when Steve Kinniburgh scored on the rebound after a Baker-Richardson header had been saved.

In the shoot-out, the first two penalties were missed but both teams converted the next four each to send it into sudden death.

Richard-Noel missed the crucial kick for the Poppies and Fagan stepped up to secure a 5-4 success for the hosts.