No overreaction from Peaks as Diamonds’ run is finally ended

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

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Andy Peaks insists there will be no overreaction from anyone at AFC Rushden & Diamonds after their long unbeaten run was finally ended.

Diamonds’ FA Trophy campaign was halted at the first hurdle as Basford United claimed a 3-1 victory at the Dog & Duck in the preliminary round clash.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The defeat brought an end to an incredible 31-match unbeaten run from Peaks’ charges.

Tom Lorraine was on target for Diamonds as he levelled the scores at 1-1 just after half-time. But Basford struck twice more to book their place in the first qualifying round.

However, Peaks insisted it was a setback that he and his players must “take on the chin”.

“The most disappointing thing was the manner of the defeat,” Peaks said.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

“To be honest, we still had more chances than Basford but we didn’t take them and when their opportunities came along, they took advantage of them.

“As poor as we were, we still could have got a positive result from the game.

“We had a few people missing but that’s no excuse.

“We were second to everything and we weren’t good enough. Sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and accept it.

“I am realistic and I knew we would get beaten at some stage but we were not good enough on this occasion. We weren’t really at the races.

“It’s been a fantastic run and when you go 31 matches unbeaten, you have more good days than bad. But this was one of those bad days.

“I have never over-celebrated our successes in the past and I won’t be overreacting after a defeat.”

Diamonds will now begin their preparations for next weekend when they entertain Ashton United in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.