Frustration for Peaks as Diamonds are denied

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks was frustrated after the 1-1 draw at Ware
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks was frustrated after the 1-1 draw at Ware

Andy Peaks was a frustrated man as a stoppage-time goal denied AFC Rushden & Diamonds their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season.

Having drawn their first two matches, Diamonds looked to be on their way to victory at Ware after Claudiu Hoban had given them a 23rd-minute lead with his first goal for the club.

They led until deep into stoppage-time at the end of the game when Nana Asamoah struck to earn the home side a 1-1 draw.

Diamonds will resume their search for first win of the campaign when they entertain Aylesbury United on Tuesday night.

But boss Peaks was unable to hide his disappointment after the late setback in Hertfordshire.

“It’s very disappointing to have conceded such a late goal,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We had a few chances to add to the one we scored but we probably didn’t play as well as we did in the first two games.

“It’s just really frustrating for us. We have three points on the board when we should have at least seven.

“The reason for that is we have been switching off at key times. We have to start dealing with it better.”

Peaks was pleased to see Hoban get off the mark as his fine strike put Diamonds in front and the manager also had praise for skipper Richard Bunting, who made his first appearance of the season having served a two-match ban.

“It was good to have him (Bunting) back and I thought he was excellent for us,” Peaks added.

“He tired a bit towards the end, which was expected but him being back will only help us.

“Claudiu did exactly what he is capable of so it was no surprise to me to see him get a goal like that for us.”