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Rushden’s midfielder scores 40 yard wonderstrike

World of Sport

It has been a tough few years for fans of Rushden and Diamonds but they certainly had something to cheer about last Saturday in the shape of an absolute screamer from midfielder Alan King.

The former club went out of business in 2011 despite being in England's third tier as recently as 2004 and only came back this season as a fan-owned club called AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

They currently play in Division One of the United Counties League

With a 14-game unbeaten streak on the line, King's 40-yard thunderbolt at the Dog and Duck ensured Rushden would earn a 2-2 draw and keep their streak alive despite being down to 10-men.

The match was played in front of a record crowd for the home side of 827 fans.

As the club's official website explains: "For many teams, the major blow of going behind for a second time with only 10 men might have seen their heads drop, but the determined Diamonds seemed to redouble their efforts to get something from the game, despite the key decisions going against them.

"After 62 minutes they were back on terms in most memorable fashion. Aaron King received a lay-off from Jake Newman 40 yards from goal, and to the surprise of many he decided to shoot, but his powerful effort gave Hinds no chance, as it soared into the net for one of the Diamonds goals of the season."

The Diamonds then backed up that hard-earned point with a 3-1 win at Wellingborough Whitworth on Easter Monday and they currently lie joint top of the table with Northampton Sileby Rangers.

Photo from the AFC Rushden and Diamonds website

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