Diamonds are buzzing after completing cup upset

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

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A great day for the club was how AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer described their FA Cup win over Cambridge City.

They secured progress from the second qualifying round thanks to Alfie Taylor’s injury-time winner.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

It sealed a 3-2 verdict over a side from two levels above them in what Starmer had described in the build-up as the biggest game in the club’s history.

“It was buzzing in the dressing-room, it was buzzing all night and, to be honest, I’m still buzzing now,” Starmer stated.

“It was a great day for the club. Superb.

“The atmosphere was fantastic at the ground and we got what we deserved from the game.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

“The FA Cup is a special competition and we want to go as far as we can. We want to do well in it.

“It is all good publicity for the club.

“That was one of those occasions when we were all fired up and things came together.”

Starmer also admitted it set a level the players must match for the rest of their ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division campaign.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

“I can’t ask any more of them that,” he said.

“But that is setting the standard.

“We’ve been getting better all season and they are hitting the standards that I ask for.

“The thing now is about consistency and keeping that level up.”

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds victory over Cambridge City

 

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