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Rushden & D'mnds 2-1 Histon

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A brace from on-loan Barnet striker Cliff Akurang maintained Rushden & Diamonds' promotion challenge as they overcame Histon in a hard-fought match.

Akurang fired Rushden into a first-half lead with a powerful strike from the edge of the area and then scored a second, rifling in a low drive.

It could have been worse for Histon but keeper Danny Naisbitt pulled off a string of high-quality saves.

A late Andrew Tidswell header gave Histon hope, but the home side hung on.

Rushden & D'monds: Abbey, Corcoran, Osano, Stuart, Robinson, Byrne, Porter (Pattison 75), Terry, Tomlin, Farrell (Mills 90), Louis (Akurang 23).
Subs Not Used: Roberts, Downer.

Booked: Farrell, Terry, Tomlin.

Goals: Akurang 37, 66.

Histon: Naisbitt, Tann, Langston, Bygrave, Gwillim, Barker, Crook, Kennedy, Knight-Percival (Hammond 15), Frew, Cox (Long 67), Hammond (Tidswell 73).
Subs Not Used: Welch, Andrews.

Goals: Tidswell 85.

Att: 1,126

Ref: S Duncan (Newcastle).

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