Diamonds deserved vital win, says boss Peaks

Andy Peaks congratulates match-winner Liam Dolman after AFC Rushden & Diamonds' vital victory over Newcastle Town at the Dog & Duck. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Andy Peaks congratulates match-winner Liam Dolman after AFC Rushden & Diamonds' vital victory over Newcastle Town at the Dog & Duck. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Andy Peaks felt his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side fully deserved their 1-0 win over fellow hopefuls Newcastle Town, as the side moved into the play-off places in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

A second-half header from Liam Dolman was the only goal of the game as Diamonds moved up to fifth in the table and back into the play-off places with two games of the season left.

Liam Dolman heads home the winner for Diamonds

Liam Dolman heads home the winner for Diamonds

Newcastle’s Daniel Cocks saw a first-half penalty saved by Diamonds keeper Matt Finlay, after Cocks himself was brought down by Callum Westwood.

And Diamonds secured the win with Dolman’s goal to leave Peaks pleased with the performance of his players.

“Job done, that’s what it is,” Peaks said.

“At this time of the year, you don’t get a lot of good football played, especially when it’s such an important game.

Liam Dolman shows his delight after scoring the only goal at the Dog & Duck

Liam Dolman shows his delight after scoring the only goal at the Dog & Duck

“Overall, I thought we deserved it. We dominated large periods of the game, without making loads of chances.

“They (Newcastle) had a goal in the locker, they’re where they are for a reason. They weren’t going to turn up and lay down and die.

“I thought we were pretty good over the 90 minutes. I’ve been quite pleased with the performances in general.

“But I’d like us to score a few more goals, or create a few more openings.”

Peaks was also full of praise for goalscorer Dolman as his header secured Diamonds’ victory.

“I can’t pay him enough accolades. He was absolutely top drawer, he defended spot on,” Peaks added

“We always thought if we were going to get a goal from a set-piece, he was the man to do it.

“He was a bit unlucky in the first half and forced a good save. Second half, he’s the man on the spot.”

Diamonds now know two more wins will secure a play-off place and they are now preparing for a short trip to Stamford on Monday (3pm).