Diamonds’ work rate delights boss Peaks

Andy Peaks was a happy man as AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their unbeaten record with a 3-1 victory over Chalfont St Peter

Andy Peaks was a happy man as AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their unbeaten record with a 3-1 victory over Chalfont St Peter

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks praised his side’s work rate as they saw off Chalfont St Peter at the Dog & Duck.

Goals from Tommy Berwick, Claudiu Hoban and Liam Dolman maintained Diamonds’ unbeaten record in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, which now stretches to five games.

And Peaks was delighted with the manner of their victory over one of the early high-fliers.

He said: “It was always going to be a tough game as they play a lot of attacking players and are very good going forward.

“They’ve had a good start to the season and we knew they’d work hard.

“We matched them and it was a brilliant victory.”

Diamonds raced into a 2-0 half-time lead, Berwick latching onto a defensive error to slot home before Hoban scored an emphatic second after great work by Sam Brown.

When Victor Osoubu pulled one back it looked like history might repeat itself, with Diamonds having conceded late on in their last three games,

But Dolman rose highest to seal the win, something which delighted Peaks,

He added: “2-0 is always a dangerous score and we knew the next goal would either kill it or open it up and obviously they got it which was disappointing.

“We had a couple of other chances but we got the third we settled down and saw it out quite nicely.”

Peaks also heaped praise on recent signing Hoban, who has now scored three goals in his last three appearances.

He said: “He’s been a good acquisition and he’s always got that goal in his locker.

“He’s enjoying it and he’s playing well, we’re really pleased for him.”