Cup win rounds off a good week for Peaks’ Diamonds

Fazel Koriya was the hero for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as he hit a hat-trick against Oxhey Jets
Fazel Koriya was the hero for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as he hit a hat-trick against Oxhey Jets

Andy Peaks was able to reflect on a good first week of the season for AFC Rushden & Diamonds after they secured safe progress in the FA Cup.

Having opened their ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division campaign with a 2-1 midweek success at Harborough Town, Diamonds followed it up with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Spartan South Midlands League side Oxhey Jets in the extra preliminary round tie at the Dog & Duck last night (Friday).

Fazel Koriya hit a hat-trick while an own-goal and a first for the club from Jason Turner completed the rout in front of nearly 500 fans.

And just about every aspect left manager Peaks happy.

“We started well but didn’t score early enough,” he said.

“But once we got one, the second followed and to get the third just before half-time finished the game.

“We didn’t really get started in the second half and they scored a good goal. And at 3-1, you are thinking that if they get another then the momentum swings massively towards them.

“But once consolidated things I felt confident and we got the fourth goal to really put it to bed.

“Fazel was bright, he plays well off Russ Dunkley and his movement was really good.

“He is generally a good finisher and he was clinical. He worked hard and deserved his goals.

“It’s nice for anyone to get a hat-trick in the FA Cup so he can be pleased with his night.

“There were a few people here and it was good to put on a bit of a show for them.

“We have won two out of two in the first week so we will take that. There are bits that we can perhaps improve on but we have to be happy.”

The win sets up an intriguing home local derby with Southern League Division One Central side Bedford Town, who are managed by former Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams, in the preliminary round two weeks from today.

And the Diamonds boss added: “I know Craig was watching the game so he is going to know all about us.

“It is a local game and that’s what you want in the FA Cup. We all want to be involved in big games and that is one to look forward to.

“But we have a tough game at Peterborough Northern Star next week and we have to make sure we are up for that. The league remains our priority.”