UCL round-up – Peaks confirmed as Diamonds boss

Raunds Town celebrate one of their goals during the 4-0 success at Irchester United. Pictures by Andrew Carpenter
Raunds Town celebrate one of their goals during the 4-0 success at Irchester United. Pictures by Andrew Carpenter

Andy Peaks has been confirmed as the new permanent manager of AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

The former Rushden & Diamonds player had been at the helm following Mark Starmer’s resignation and has picked up three wins from four matches during that time.

Irchester United v Raunds Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Irchester United v Raunds Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

His first match as the new Diamonds boss will be tomorrow (Monday) when they take on Wellingborough Town in the Dog & Duck derby in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Peaks said: “Obviously I am delighted to be given the role on a permanent basis, I haven’t made any secret of the fact that I wanted the job and I understand the process the club has had to go through in the last few weeks.

“I have just got my head down and got on with trying to win football matches. I managed to freshen the squad up a little bit and that has given the whole place a lift.

“I will be looking at my backroom staff and the players I feel we need to continue to work from this season.”

Irchester United v Raunds Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Irchester United v Raunds Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Diamonds chairman Ralph Burditt added: “It was important to make the right decision by selecting a manager who can take the club forwards both next season and in future.

“We we were overwhelmed by the quality of the candidates that applied for the position.

“I’ve had some emails from people who were very surprised not to get an interview and I feel that the overall standard of applicants was a huge compliment to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

“After interviewing a number of people, the board felt that Andy was the strongest candidate for the role and he should be congratulated on coming out on top against some stiff competition.

Irchester United v Raunds Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Irchester United v Raunds Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

“Anyone who knows Andy will know that he is Diamonds through and through and in appointing him as manager, we know that we have appointed someone who cares as passionately about the club’s success on and off the field as we do.”

Stewarts & Lloyds will finish this season at the foot of the Premier Division after they were beaten 5-0 by Newport Pagnell Town, who guaranteed safety with the success at Occupation Road on Saturday.

Visiting player-manager Darren Lynch headed his team in front before S&L were reduced to 10 men.

And Newport took full advantage after the break as they added further goals from Craig Ralph, Lewis Smith, Luca Semeniero and James Gregory.

S&L host Huntingdon Town tomorrow while Desborough Town will head to neighbours Harborough Town in good spirits after they enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Boston Town at the S6 Stadium with both goals coming in the second half.

Mark Redding headed the hosts in front on 68 minutes and the victory was confirmed thanks to David Glass’ free-kick with 13 minutes to go.

Wellingborough Town were unable to complete a late fightback as they went down 2-1 at home to Yaxley.

The Cuckoos were 2-0 up inside an hour thanks to Scott Carter and Ben Ekins. Danny Rogers turned in Jason Turner’s cross on 70 minutes but the Doughboys couldn’t find an equaliser.

Irchester United’s recent winning run in Division One was ended in emphatic style as Raunds Town claimed 4-0 derby success at Alfred Street.

All the goals came in the first half as Luke Stevens gave the Shopmates the lead before two goals in as many minutes from Karl King and Nick Harrison all-but ended the contest. And Harrison made it four with his second of the game in the final minute of the first half.

Another derby clash ended in deadlock as Whitworth grabbed a late equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with Thrapston Town at Chancery Lane.

Cory James put the hosts in front but Matt Judge levelled just two minutes later. However, Thrapston did regain the lead before half-time through Duncan Charles.

The hosts looked like they would hold on for all three points but Jonny Hazell struck the equaliser in the final minute.

Burton Park Wanderers slipped to a third successive defeat as Adam Scotcher’s late goal gave Blackstones a 1-0 victory at Latimer Park.

Two first-half goals condemned Rothwell Corinthians to a 2-0 defeat at Buckingham Town. Dom Lawless and Aaron Murrell were on target for the hosts.

There are two more derbies in Division One tomorrow with Raunds facing Corinthians at Kiln Park while Whitworth head to Rushden & Higham.

Burton Park travel to Woodford United, Irchester host Bugbrooke and Thrapston welcome Potton United to Chancery Lane.