AFC Rushden & Diamonds 3 Thrapston Town 0
Saturday, 18 August 2012
They had to be patient but the bumper 784 crowd saw newboys Diamonds kick off with a win.
it could have been a different story had Thrapston made the most of their chances in an even first half.
Quincy Shorumnu twice rescued Diamonds with good saves from Jordan Cross after Dave Goodman had split the home back line.
Alfie Taylor made the 58th minute breakthrough for AFC, firing home after Joe Merrill's long throw was flicked on by Chris Hope.
A second goal arrived after 76 minutes, Taylor scoring his second after Jack Wisniewski headed a Merrill cross back across goal.
Wisniewski scored the third goal himself four minutes from the end, tapping in from Taylor's cut back after Elliot Dent had started the move.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds: Quincy Shorunmu, Joe Merrill, Sam Brown, Elliott Dent, Chris Hope (Alex Deakin), Aynsley McDonald, Jack Wisniewski, Sean McBride, Alfie Taylor, Deven Ellwood (Ben Morgan), George Cox (Jamie O'Grady),
Thrapston: James Burriws, Aidan Bradshaw, Freddie Ayears (Oak Mapson), Danny Pownall, James Cheatham (Ben Sunderland), Dan Pegg, Dave Goodman, Callum Noble, Ryan Gormley, Jamie Gilsenan, Jordan Cross (Jake Thompson).