Don’t go overboard, warns Diamonds skipper Bunting

AFC Rushden & Diamonds captain Richard Bunting in action during the win over Aylesbury United. Picture by Alison Bagley
AFC Rushden & Diamonds captain Richard Bunting in action during the win over Aylesbury United. Picture by Alison Bagley

Captain Richard Bunting has urged everyone at AFC Rushden & Diamonds to ensure they don’t “go overboard” as the season gets into full swing.

After drawing three games in a row, Diamonds picked up their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign as Liam Dolman’s stoppage-time penalty secured a 2-1 success over Aylesbury United at the Dog & Duck.

Claudiu Hoban opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games but Diamonds looked like they would be heading for another frustrating draw when Alex Collard levelled five minutes from full-time.

But Dolman held his nerve from the spot after Dan Quigley had been fouled in the box and the win means Andy Peaks’ side can continue to boast an unbeaten record after the first four games at a higher level.

Their next assignment is another home clash tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on a Chalfont St Peter side, who sit in second place in the early league table.

But, having got that first win under their belts, Bunting is keen to ensure his team-mates stay focused on the next game and nothing else.

“It feels like it (the first win) has been a long time coming,” the Diamonds skipper said.

“I suppose you make your own luck but we didn’t feel we got a great deal of it in the other games and maybe this time we did.

“It’s good to get that first win and we are still unbeaten and if you can get on good runs like this then you will never be far away.

“It’s another tough game on Saturday but when you step up a level, you will never find an easy match against anyone.

“It’s another home game and we want our form on our own ground to be good.

“If we play to our best then we will have a good chance of getting another good result.

“We have a lot of young lads who are inexperienced at this level but all we can do as a team is just get on with the next game and try to win that one.

“The most important thing is making sure we don’t go overboard when we lose a game and don’t do the same when we win one.”

Bunting missed the first two games of the season as he served a suspension, which carried over from the last campaign.

He was put straight back into the starting line-up for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Ware as a stoppage-time goal ensured Diamonds had to wait for that first victory.

And he added: “I am probably a bit behind the other lads fitness-wise.

“You can train as much as you want but if you aren’t playing matches then you do tend to lose a bit of fitness.

“But I am just glad to be back and playing a part.”

Diamonds are set to be without defender Jask Ashton for tomorrow’s clash after he tweaked his medial ligament early on in Tuesday’s game.