Delight for Peaks as Diamonds leave it late to stay on top

Captain Richard Bunting hit the late winner for AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Uxbridge
Captain Richard Bunting hit the late winner for AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Uxbridge

Andy Peaks was delighted with another successful away-day as AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their place at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Skipper Richard Bunting was the late hero as he lobbed home the winner in the final minute to secure a 1-0 victory at in-form Uxbridge.

That made it back-to-back away wins for Peaks’ side who remain top of the table on goal difference from Chalfont St Peter ahead of their trip to the second-placed side next weekend.

Diamonds still have two games in hand on their nearest rivals and Peaks was pleased with what his players served up as they racked up a 13th win in 19 league matches.

“It is a tough place to go to and we have produced an almost perfect away performance,” the Diamonds boss said.

“They had taken points from Royston, St Ives and Chalfont in their three games before this one so to go there and win 1-0 is a very good effort.

“I thought we were pretty comfortable and it could have finished 0-0 and if it had done then I would have been satisfied.

“I wasn’t convinced that we were going to score but I was fairly confident we wouldn’t concede and I wasn’t surprised when we got the goal.

“It wasn’t in the game plan for Bunts (Bunting) to make that run from midfield and score the goal!

“But it was a great finish from him and hopefully that justified bringing him straight back into the side.”

Diamonds also had Liam Dolman back in the side while winger Shawn Richards was handed his debut after the club announced his arrival early on Saturday morning.

And Peaks was content with what he saw from his latest signing.

“I thought Shawn showed flashes of what he is capable of.

“He is a good player on the ball, he made a good contribution and he showed that he is going to be a useful addition for us.

“He had a great strike tipped onto the bar and if that had gone in it would have been a fantastic start for him.”

Diamonds also confirmed before the game that striker Scott Joseph has joined promotion rivals St Ives Town while Steve Spriggs has also left the club.