Conroy disappointed after late goal

Lee Dube's late tap-in was disallowed for offside. Photo: Steve Relf
Lee Dube's late tap-in was disallowed for offside. Photo: Steve Relf

Nick Conroy conceded for the first time in 10 hours of league football when AFC Rushden & Diamonds grabbed a late leveller at Carter’s Park on Saturday.

Five successive clean sheets for Holbeach United in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division followed the 5-1 away win over Harborough Town in mid-November.

The Tigers kept out Diamonds for 90 minutes - taking the total to exactly 600 minutes - but Russ Dunkley finally found a way past the Tigers.

Conroy said: “All the lads are disappointed and we feel it’s a case of two points dropped.

“Some people were saying it should have been disallowed for offside but to be fair to Dunkley it was a great finish.

“We’ve still got four games in hand so we’ve got to win them.

“There is a real buzz around the club and everyone could see the team spirit when we kept pushing in the FA Vase tie at Thurnby Nirvana.

“We let in three goals but before then I had kept six clean sheets on the bounce.

“To be honest, though, from a personal point of view I had an indifferent game against Diamonds kicking-wise.

“We would have probably taken a point before the game and I thought we cancelled each other out.

“The equaliser was probably deserved but we are disappointed to concede so late when we should have seen the game out.

“I have seen over the years in this league that every game is tough whether the opposition are at the bottom, mid-table or near the top.

“Anyone can beat anyone else but we will keep going forward and look after ourselves.”