Missed chances prove costly for Peaks’ Diamonds

The AFC Rushden & Diamonds players show their disappointment after Beaconsfield SYCOB grabbed a late equaliser at the Dog & Duck. Pictures by Alison Bagley
The AFC Rushden & Diamonds players show their disappointment after Beaconsfield SYCOB grabbed a late equaliser at the Dog & Duck. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Andy Peaks admitted AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ inability to take their chances “came back to bite them” as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Beaconsfield SYCOB at the Dog & Duck.

Diamonds looked to heading for another three points when Tommy Berwick gave them the lead three minutes before half-time.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB

But, despite having opportunities to grab the crucial second goal, Diamonds didn’t add to their lead and the visitors snatched a point with a late strike from Aaron Berry.

The draw saw Diamonds drop to fourth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

And boss Peaks said: “I am disappointed and I am sure many would say it’s two points dropped. But to be honest, a point was probably what we were worth.

“We had enough chances to make it 2-0 or 3-0 and if we had taken them then it would have killed the game.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB

“But at 1-0 you always leave yourselves open and the chances we have missed came back to bite us when they scored late in the game.

“We didn’t play particularly well in my opinion and Beaconsfield came here and played some good football.

“But it is disappointing from our point of view because we have got ourselves in a position to go and win the game and we didn’t finish it off.”

Diamonds are back on home soil on Tuesday night when they host struggling Leighton Town and Peaks is keen to look forward.

“It’s another point on the board and now we have to move on,” he added.

“We have a big game on Tuesday now.

“It’s another home match and if we can pick up a victory it will be four points from two games, which we will be pleased with.”