Peaks praises Diamonds as they move to the summit

Tommy Berwick grabbed his 10th goal of the season as AFC Rushden & Diamonds won 2-1 at Hanwell Town to move to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central
Tommy Berwick grabbed his 10th goal of the season as AFC Rushden & Diamonds won 2-1 at Hanwell Town to move to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central

Andy Peaks was full of praise for his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players after they hit back to move to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Just three days on from being beaten 4-1 at home by Royston Town, Diamonds claimed a 2-1 victory at Hanwell Town last night (Tuesday) thanks to goals from Tommy Berwick and Delroy Gordon.

Peaks conceded Diamonds had a “stroke of luck” as Hanwell’s Terry Smith sent a stoppage-time penalty wide of the target.

But the win, coupled with morning leaders Chalfont St Peter’s 3-1 home loss to Uxbridge, was enough to put Diamonds top of table on goal difference.

The clash at Hanwell was only given the go ahead at lunchtime yesterday after concerns over the state of the pitch.

And Peaks said: “I think there was a bit of kidology from their point of view.

“We were told on Saturday night that there was no chance of the game going forward and obviously we were waiting until Tuesday afternoon until we knew it was on.

“They have had a bit of a recovery under a new manager and we have been struggling with injuries and they probably fancied their chances.

“We were down to the bare bones again but I have to give the boys who went out there credit because we created the better chances and it would have been two points dropped if we had drawn the game.

“We had a stroke of luck at the end when they missed the penalty but I asked the boys to bounce back from the weekend and they have done it.

“For me, that was the biggest game of the season so far after what happened against Royston.

“And to go down there on a Tuesday night and pick up three points is an excellent result.”

Diamonds are back in action on Saturday when they make the trip to Uxbridge.

Read the thoughts of Andy Peaks and Tommy Berwick in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph.