Hard work will continue after Acquaye's Diamond deal

Ben Acquaye is determined to keep putting in the work on the pitch after he signed a contract with AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 2:09 pm
Ben Acquaye has been rewarded with a contract at AFC Rushden & Diamonds after a series of impressive performances this season. Picture courtesy of HawkinsImages

The winger put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at Hayden Road until the end of the season after an impressive first few months of the campaign.

Having had to make do with, in the main, substitute appearances towards the end of last season, Acquaye has become one of the first names on the team sheet this time around.

He has featured in every game with his pacey attacking play and spectacular goals making him a firm favourite with the Diamonds supporters.

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He scored another superb goal in last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Stourbridge at Hayden Road before signing on the dotted line soon after the final whistle.

And the youngster is determined to repay the faith manager Andy Peaks and the club have shown in him.

“Last year I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked to,” Acquaye said.

“This season I am playing more games and I am feeling more confident every week. Hopefully I can just keep playing well.

“It means a lot to me that the club wanted to put me on a contract.

“It shows the manager and the coaching staff have a lot of faith in me and they are backing me.

“So now it’s down to me to keep working hard on the pitch, prove myself and help keep the club pushing in the right direction.”

After making a flying start to the BetVictor Southern League Premier Central campaign with four wins in the first five matches, Diamonds suffered a drop off in form before hitting their stride again towards the end of October.

They head to Kings Langley this weekend on the back of four wins from their last five matches and three victories in a row which have ensured they are right in contention for the play-off places.

And Acquaye believes this Diamonds squad have what it takes to launch a sustained challenge for a top-five finish after their bid to do it last season fell away in the final month.

“We are doing really well in the league now, we have got three wins in a row which is really good,” Acquaye added.

“Hopefully we can keep it going on Saturday and keep on winning. It will be a tough game but if we go into it with the right mentality and belief then I think we are capable of picking up another three points.

“We went through a spell when we weren’t playing particularly well and losing games but we are working harder for each other and that’s got us on a good run.

“We have had people like Nabil (Shariff) coming in and we are looking solid and really good all over the pitch so I think, this year, we could do it."