Fine success a boost for Diamonds’ confidence

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ big win over Northwich Victoria will have given his players a big boost in confidence.

Diamonds hit back from two defeats in a row with an emphatic 6-1 success over the strugglers at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

It got their play-off bid back on track and they head into tomorrow night’s clash at Chasetown knowing a win will send them back into the top five as they play the first of two games they have in hand on Basford United who sit just above them.

Saturday’s victory was most welcome for Peaks and his players and the manager insists they have every reason to feel confident about the latter stages of the season.

“It was a confidence-boosting win,” Peaks said.

“It’s all very well me saying we have been playing well but if you don’t get any points then it’s sucks the confidence out of you.

“I think the performance and result lets people know what we are all about.

“The lad should be confident because they can look around and see good players next to them and that can only be a good thing.”

Peaks, meanwhile, had words of praise for Ollie Brown-Hill who grabbed his first goal for the club to cap a man-of-the-match display on Saturday.

“He’s only a young kid, he’s come in and he’s taken a bit of time to get fit and I felt it was right to play him,” Peaks added.

“He had a particularly good game up there a few weeks ago so I thought he would fancy it.

“He gives us a different dimension and I was pleased for him.”