We will keep our feet on the ground, says Diamonds goal hero Lorraine

Tom Lorraine celebrates after scoring the only goal in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' win over Aylesbury. Picture by Alison Bagley
Tom Lorraine celebrates after scoring the only goal in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' win over Aylesbury. Picture by Alison Bagley

Tom Lorraine insists the AFC Rushden & Diamonds players won’t be getting ahead of themselves after their superb start to the season continued at the weekend.

Diamonds made it seven wins in a row and maintained their unbeaten start to the new campaign as Lorraine’s early goal sealed a 1-0 victory over Aylesbury at the Dog & Duck.

Andy Peaks’ side sit in second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central on goal difference from Chalfont St Peter.

They are now preparing for Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round clash at Deeping Rangers.

And while Lorraine conceded there was a bit of excitement in the air following the fine start, he is adamant the Diamonds squad will be staying focused on the job.

“Naturally, you are going to get a bit excited when things are going well,” the striker said.

“We didn’t really know what to expect but we have started the season well and when you see the team towards the top of the league, you do get excited.

“But we are keeping our feet on the ground and we know we have to keep winning if we want to stay up there.”

Lorraine was delighted that his second goal of the season proved to be the winner at the weekend.

But he felt the overall display was a real sign of encouragement for Diamonds as they defended well to ensure Aylesbury had no way back into the contest.

“I needed that goal, it has been a long time coming after a few games without one,” he added.

“But the credit goes to the whole team because if you score a goal and keep a clean sheet then you win a game and that’s what we did.

“We probably could have been further ahead but they put their stamp on it a bit more in the second half and they made it a more physical game.

“The teams that are up there with you, they are the ones you have to beat.

“They were a physical side but it’s a sign of a good side if you can grind out 1-0 wins. At the end of the season they are worth their weight in gold.”

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