Peaks content as Diamonds’ good week ends with a draw

Nabil Shariff and Tom Lorraine were on target as AFC Rushden & Diamonds drew 2-2 with Basford United at the Dog & Duck
Nabil Shariff and Tom Lorraine were on target as AFC Rushden & Diamonds drew 2-2 with Basford United at the Dog & Duck

Andy Peaks was able to reflect on a positive seven days for AFC Rushden & Diamonds after they twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Basford United at the Dog & Duck.

On what proved to be a successful Community Day for the club, a crowd of nearly 700 were on hand to see Nabil Shariff’s penalty and Tom Lorraine’s header secure a share of the spoils after Cory Grantham had twice given Basford the lead.

The point made it seven from nine in the space of the week after Diamonds had secured victories over Sheffield FC and Belper Town.

Peaks’ team are now on an unbeaten run of five matches in all competitions and haven’t lost in eight in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

And while he felt they possibly could have taken more yesterday (Saturday), the Diamonds boss was content with his team’s efforts over the week.

“I was pleased to get a point because we were still trailing with less than 20 minutes to go,” Peaks said.

“Overall though, I felt we should have won the game.

“But they are a decent side who are up there and I am realistic enough to know that you simply won’t win every game.

“We will take the point. It keeps the momentum going and we have gained a positive result despite perhaps not being at our best.

“Overall, I am happy with seven points from the nine available.

“Once you get six on the board from two games, you tend to get a bit greedy. But we are happy to take that point and move on.”

Peaks, meanwhile, believes Diamonds’ injury problems are starting to show signs of “clearing up”.

The manager revealed both Lewis Leslie and Richard Bunting “aren’t far away” from being fit while summer signing Joe Curtis was among the substitutes on Saturday having missed all of the season so far.