Delight for Peaks as Diamonds make it through

Andy Peaks was a happy man after his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side booked a place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history
Andy Peaks was a happy man after his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side booked a place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks praised his side’s defensive efforts as they knocked higher-ranked Ashton United out of the FA Cup.

The hosts progressed to the fourth qualifying round for the first time in their history with a 2-0 win thanks to a Scott Joseph header and an own-goal in the first half.

And Peaks was delighted with the result, which puts them 90 minutes from a potential money-spinning first-round tie.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted, we stuck to the game plan and it showed in the result.

“They launched quite a lot of attacks but I thought we dealt with them really well and we always looked likely to get a third on the counter.

“They were pretty much as we expected and they’ve got some good footballers but we did a good job and Brad (Harris) and Bunts (Richard Bunting) were excellent in the middle of the field.

“We stopped the source of their attacks which was important as they’ve got some fantastic strikers.”

Diamonds will find out their next opponents when the draw is made live on talkSPORT radio at 10.30am tomorrow (Monday) morning.

And Peaks says he will take “anyone at home”.

He added: “I’d like to be at home in a tie that we feel is winnable.

“We’ll be ready and prepared for it and if we get a tough draw away then so be it.

“We’ve done so well to get this far the pressure is off a little bit, but we just want to keep going and get to the first round proper.”