‘Professional job’ pleases Diamonds boss Peaks

Tommy Berwick takes the congratulations after scoring AFC Rushden & Diamonds' third goal in the 3-0 win at Deeping Rangers
Tommy Berwick takes the congratulations after scoring AFC Rushden & Diamonds' third goal in the 3-0 win at Deeping Rangers
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Andy Peaks praised his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players for doing a “professional job” as they eased into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Diamonds made it 31 competitive games without a defeat with a 3-0 success at Deeping Rangers on Saturday thanks to goals from Scott Joseph, Tom Lorraine and Tommy Berwick.

And manager Peaks was delighted with the way they dealt with the tie.

He said: “We did a very professional job. It never really felt like we were going to let anything slip.

“We went about our business and did what we set out to do.

“We scored the goals at good times. To get one after 20 minutes settled us down and then to get another just before half-time was perfect.

“From there, it was a case of trying to control the game and that’s what we did.

“We looked like a team from a higher level and that was pleasing.

“We knew what their strengths were and we nullified them.”

Diamonds return to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they head to Kings Langley, a team they have already beaten in the FA Cup this season.

And while Peaks is remaining cautious about the talk over his side’s incredible unbeaten run, he admits it is an achievement the club should be proud of.

The Diamonds boss added: “It is something to be very proud of. To go that many games unbeaten at any level is a massive achievement.

“I just tend to get on with things and not think about it but so many people have talked to me about it that it has made me sit back and think about how good an achievement it is.

“You have to stay realistic. It will end at some stage.

“But, with the form we are in, there’s no reason why we can’t keep it going.”