Peaks is happy as Diamonds win to maintain unbeaten start

Claudiu Hoban celebrated his return from injury by scoring AFC Rushden & Diamonds' opening goal in the 3-2 victory over Potters Bar Town
Claudiu Hoban celebrated his return from injury by scoring AFC Rushden & Diamonds' opening goal in the 3-2 victory over Potters Bar Town

Andy Peaks was a happy man after AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their unbeaten start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign.

While their exploits in the FA Cup may have been taking the headlines of late, Diamonds returned to league action with a 3-2 victory over Potters Bar Town at the Dog & Duck.

Claudiu Hoban, on his return from injury, put Diamonds in front in the first half before two goals from Tom Lorraine made it 3-1 after the visitors had equalised.

A late penalty made for a nervy finish but Diamonds held on for their sixth league win in a row.

And boss Peaks said: “I am pleased with the win.

“We made it hard work for ourselves by giving the penalty away at the end and we have got to learn from that because we should have seen it through at 3-1 up.

“I thought it was fairly even in the first half and we didn’t keep the ball well enough but a moment of quality from Claudiu with a free-kick has got us in front.

“We needed to be a lot better in the second half and I thought we were and we did enough to merit the victory.

“It’s nice to still have that unbeaten record in the league but I am not going to think about that too much.

“The pleasing thing is we have got another three points and it keeps us in touch with the teams at the top.”

Peaks, meanwhile, was full of praise for new signing Andy Hall.

The winger made an impact as a second-half substitute and had a hand in Lorraine’s quickfire double, which ultimately sealed the victory.

“Andy came on and made a big impact for us,” the Diamonds boss added.

“He has produced two crosses and they have resulted in the two goals so it is a great start for him.

“He has got a lot of quality and he showed that when he came on.”

Diamonds are back at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night when they host Fleet Town, who were beaten 4-0 at leaders Royston Town yesterday.