Peaks delighted with record-breaking, table-topping Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks

Andy Peaks hailed his record-breaking AFC Rushden & Diamonds side as they moved to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

But the Diamonds boss was quick to issue a warning to players and fans alike after they set a new club record of 28 matches without defeat with a 3-1 victory at North Greenford United.

Diamonds fell behind in the first half but levelled things up before the break through Tommy Berwick before Elliott Lamb-Johnson and Scott Joseph wrapped up a fifth win in a row.

It proved to be a day to remember for Peaks and his team but the manager isn’t about to get carried away.

He said: “Of course, it’s nice to go to the top of the league.

“People keep asking me about it but there is a long way to go and it is only going to get harder and harder in the weeks and months to come,

“I think we have already proved that we have a strong squad because those who have come into the team have performed well.

“At the start of the season I thought our squad would be strong enough to challenge for the play-off places and even the championship and we have made a great start.

“I don’t think the record was playing on any of the players’ minds but it’s another achievement for them and we are happy with that.

“We didn’t play very well in the first half but we got scored just before and just after half-time and that gave up the momentum to go on and win the game fairly comfortably after that.

“It’s another great result for us but we will move on and start preparing for the next game.”

Diamonds’ now turn their attention to the FA Cup as they head to Bedfont & Feltham in the first qualifying round next Saturday.