North East UK news Jack Diamond's man of the match display at Wembley helps Harrogate Town reach the Football League MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Sunderland's Jack Diamond scored and was man of the match as Harrogate Town reached the Football League for the first time, beating Notts County at Wembley
Breaking News ! Jack Diamond put in a man of the match display to help Harrogate Town reach the Football League for the first time in their history. The Yorkshire outfit defeated Notts County 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in the National League play-off final, with Diamond netting an important third goal for Simon Weaver's side. Diamond, 20, has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Harrogate, netting four goals, including his all-important strike that sees them earn promotion to League Two just three years after becoming a professional, full-time club. On loan from Sunderland, he is expected to return to Wearside this summer and be given an opportunity by Phil Parkinson in the first team after impressing this term. Speaking after the game, Diamond told BT Sport: "It feels brilliant. All the lads feel the same and we all had a strong sense of desire to achieve this. I could feel it from the moment I arrived on loan. It's been a pleasure to be apart of it. "To score at Wembley feels brilliant. I missed a good chance in the first half, so I'm glad I got a chance in the second half. "It's been great to be here. I've learned so much and progressed so much.
." Diamond had a bright game throughout, with his pace and direct style causing a headache for the Notts County defenders.
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He had shown glimpses of his pace and attacking intent on the break throughout the game, and it paid off in the 72nd minute. County were looking for an equaliser when Town broke. Ex-Sunderland man Jon Stead did excellently to hold the ball up before playing Jack Maldoon in down the right wing. With no one in the box though, Diamond had plenty of ground to cover to break into the penalty area, but showed incredible pace, determination and desire to do just that. He superbly ran across the County front-post defender and cleverly flicked the ball goalwards to restoresHarrogate's two-goal cushion, and give them the comfort they needed to see out a historic victory.
Jack Diamond of Harrogate Town scores his team's third goal
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Jack Diamond of Harrogate Town celebrates with the trophy
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A superb performance from the young forward to cap off a superb loan spell. The future looks bright for the 20-year-old ahead of his return to Wearside. As well as Diamon and Stead, it was also a day to celebrate for Paul Thirlwell. The former Sunderland man is assistant manager of Harrogate Town.
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