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Vice-chairman Ward holds back the tears after Diamonds' promotion

There was a tear in the eye of AFC Rushden & Diamonds vice-chairman Jon Ward as he reflected on a tumultuous night at Hayden Road on Tuesday.

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IN PICTURES: It’s celebration night as Diamonds seal promotion

AFC Rushden & Diamonds made sure their excellent season brought reward last night as they secured promotion from Evo-Stik South League East.

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Andy Peaks is held aloft after AFC Rushden & Diamonds' promotion from the Evo-Stik South League East was confirmed last night. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Peaks hails 'fantastic' players as Diamonds seal promotion

Andy Peaks hailed his “absolutely fantastic” AFC Rushden & Diamonds players after they secured the club’s third promotion in six years at Hayden Road last night (Tuesday).

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The AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad enjoy the moment in the home dressing-room after they secured promotion with a 7-1 victory over Aylesbury at Hayden Road. Pictures by Alison Bagley

VERDICT: Seven up! Diamonds up!

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are going up!

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Andy Peaks and AFC Rushden & Diamonds are hoping to wrap up promotion at Hayden Road tonight

Diamonds hoping to stage a promotion party

It could be party time at Hayden Road tonight (Tuesday) as AFC Rushden & Diamonds look to wrap up automatic promotion in the Evo-Stik South League East.

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Corby Town manager Steve Kinniburgh saw his team come from 4-0 down to earn a 4-4 draw against Market Drayton Town at Steel Park

Steelmen's character and desire pleases boss Kinniburgh

Steve Kinniburgh praised the “great character and great desire” of his Corby Town players as they staged a remarkable fightback in their last home game of the season.

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Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds team are closing in on promotion

Peaks focused as Diamonds look to finish the job

Andy Peaks insists AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be “fully focused” when they bid to seal promotion on Tuesday night.

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Joel Gyasi hit the winner as AFC Rushden & Diamonds moved closer to promotion with a 1-0 success at Cambridge City

Gyasi puts Diamonds on the brink of promotion

AFC Rushden & Diamonds stand on the brink of promotion in the Evo-Stik South League East after a fine 1-0 victory at Cambridge City.

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Jake Bettles came off the bench to score twice as Corby Town came from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Market Drayton Town in their final home game of the season

VERDICT: Steelmen's stunning fightback earns them a point

Corby Town produced a quite stunning fightback as their final home game of the Evo-Stik League South ended in a remarkable 4-4 draw with relegation-threatened Market Drayton Town.
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Boss Andy Peaks and captain Liam Dolman will be hoping to lead AFC Rushden & Diamonds to another win in their promotion bid this weekend

Diamonds boss Peaks focused on the next big game

Andy Peaks insists he and his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side are solely focused on their clash at Cambridge City this weekend.

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Jake Bettles celebrates after Steven Leslie's effort found the net for Corby Town's third goal in their 4-2 success at Newcastle Town last weekend. Picture by David Tilley

Steelmen want to finish with a flourish

Corby Town are gearing up for their final home game of the season this weekend when they take on struggling Market Drayton Town at Steel Park.

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Jordon Crawford has enjoyed an outstanding season at Corby Town

Kinniburgh wants star man Crawford to progress at Corby

Steve Kinniburgh insists it will do Jordon Crawford “the world of good” to stay at Corby Town for at least one more season.

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks

Peaks' delight as Diamonds edge close encounter

Andy Peaks was delighted to see AFC Rushden & Diamonds come out on top in a tight encounter as they edged closer to promotion with a 1-0 victory over AFC Dunstable last night (Tuesday).

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Ben Farrell scored the crucial penalty to earn AFC Rushden & Diamonds a 1-0 win over AFC Dunstable at Hayden Road

VERDICT: Farrell on the spot as Diamonds close in on promotion

Just a few small steps for Ben Farrell turned into one giant leap towards promotion for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they picked up a priceless 1-0 victory over AFC Dunstable at Hayden Road.

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds were all smiles as they returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success over Aylesbury United on Saturday. They will be looking to take another step towards promotion when they host AFC Dunstable at Hayden Road tonight

Confident Diamonds set for a 'massive' game

Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be full of confidence for a “massive” game at Hayden Road tonight (Tuesday).

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Corby Town's Jordon Crawford has been named the Evo-Stik League South Young Player of the Year

Steelmen starlet Crawford scoops a top award

Corby Town youngster Jordon Crawford has been rewarded for an outstanding season by being named the Young Player of the Year in the Evo-Stik League South.

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Steelmen boss Steve Kinniburgh

Kinniburgh delighted with Corby's character

Steve Kinniburgh hailed the character of his Corby Town players as they twice came from behind to claim a fine 4-2 victory at Newcastle Town.

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Tom Lorraine jumps for joy after he competed the scoring in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 victory over Aylesbury United. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Peaks pleased with 'a really important win' for Diamonds

Andy Peaks was pleased with “a really important win” as AFC Rushden & Diamond got their promotion push firmly back on track with a 4-1 success over Aylesbury United.

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Joe Curtis takes the congratulations after scoring AFC Rushden & Diamonds' third goal in their 4-1 win over Aylesbury United. Picture by Alison Bagley

SATURDAY SPORT: Diamonds seal big win as Steelmen hit four on the road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds returned to winning ways as they saw off Aylesbury United 4-1 at Hayden Road to stay on course for promotion in the Evo-Stik South League East.

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Jake Bettles scored Corby Town's equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Carlton Town

Steelmen make a point on the road

Corby Town fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at 10-man Carlton Town in the Evo-Stik League South.

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