Peaks disappointed but backs his Diamonds to ‘finish the job’

AFC Rushden & Diamonds defender Rory Winters wins this challenge while new signing Jason Lee watches on during the 1-1 draw with Histon
AFC Rushden & Diamonds defender Rory Winters wins this challenge while new signing Jason Lee watches on during the 1-1 draw with Histon

Andy Peaks has backed his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players to go and “finish the job” when they head to Histon on Tuesday.

The Diamonds boss was left disappointed after his team let a 1-0 lead slip at the Dog & Duck as Histon grabbed a second-half goal through Ben Yeomans to earn an FA Trophy preliminary round replay in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday evening.

Nic Evangelinos runs at Histon's Harry McGregor during Diamonds' 1-1 draw in the FA Trophy

Nic Evangelinos runs at Histon's Harry McGregor during Diamonds' 1-1 draw in the FA Trophy

Tom Lorraine broke the deadlock in the first half but Diamonds were unable to kill off the Southern League Division One Central strugglers.

Peaks is still having to contend with a lengthy injury list as the likes of Liam Dolman, Richard Bunting, Jack Ashton and Ross Oulton all missed the clash.

Diamonds are expected to go with the same squad for the midweek clash.

And Peaks said: “I am disappointed because I thought we created enough chances to win the game.

“We switched off from a set-piece but if you don’t get a second goal then you will always give your opponents a chance and that’s what happened.

“We didn’t start the second half particularly well but then we came back into it and I felt they scored the goal against the run of play.

“We changed our shape, went with three up front and I thought we bossed things without getting the goal.

“But we didn’t keep the football well enough and we need to be better than that.

“We would have been training on Tuesday anyway so it is one of them.

“It would have been nice to have a free week to try to get people back on the pitch but we have to deal with the replay.

“It’s not the end of the world, it’s not a long journey and we will go there and hopefully get through.

“I think we can play a lot better than that. Whether they can or not I don’t know, I think they were pleased with the result.

“We have to go there and finish it off. It’s all about getting through and it doesn’t matter whether that happened at the weekend or whether it happens on Tuesday.”

The winners of the midweek replay will host Coalville Town in the first qualifying round on Saturday, October 29.