We deserved more, says Diamonds boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds' Steve Spriggs battles for possession during the 1-1 draw against Petersfield Town. Picture by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
AFC Rushden & Diamonds' Steve Spriggs battles for possession during the 1-1 draw against Petersfield Town. Picture by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk

Andy Peaks felt his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side deserved more after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Petersfield Town on the opening day of the season.

Both teams were making their debuts in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central after earning promotion last season.

And, despite having the better of the chances, Diamonds needed a goal from Delroy Gordon 12 minutes from full-time to earn a point after Stuart Green had headed the hosts in front on the hour.

Diamonds should have won it towards the end when Tom Lorraine shot wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. And had that gone in, boss Peaks felt it would have been deserved.

He said: “I think we probably deserved all three points. I am sure they will say a draw was fair but I think we had more chances than them.

“I thought we deserved a win but we are up and running with a point.

“We had a couple of chances early on and if one of them goes in then it’s a different game because they came here very organised and probably would have taken a point before the start.

“We said at half-time that they would get a chance and they took it when it came.

“Luckily, there was still half-an-hour left and that gave us an opportunity to regroup and go again and I thought we did well after their goal. We scored a good one ourselves and we had other chances.”

Peaks, meanwhile, felt he “learned quite a lot” about his team from the first outing at the new level as they now gear up for Tuesday night’s trip to St Ives Town.

“Based on that game, I think the standard is going to be pretty good,” he added.

“They had some decent players and it was a good game but now we move on.

“I learned quite a lot about the lads. We were resilient and played well at times, although we could have passed the ball a bit better.”