Andy Peaks hailed a “fantastic performance and a great result” as AFC Rushden & Diamonds stormed into second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.
Diamonds had to recover from going a goal down to struggling Leighton Town inside the first five minutes at a rain-swept Dog & Duck but they did so in emphatic style as they inflicted a 7-1 hammering on the visitors.
Tom Liversedge hit four goals on his first league start for the club while Tom Lorraine, Tommy Berwick and Claudiu Hoban rounded things off.
Peaks’ side now sit just a point behind leaders St Ives Town with two games in hand and head to Petersfield Town at the weekend.
And the Diamonds boss said: “It was a really good night and it is three more points on the board.
“I made it clear that I wanted us to start well and we did because we had a couple of chances before they got their goal.
“But the lads reacted brilliantly to that and they played really well.
“We matched their work-rate and passed the ball as well as we have done for sometime.
“It was a fantastic performance and a great result.”
Peaks piled the praise on four-goal hero Liversedge but insists his display was one of many impressive individual performances as new signing Lewis Leslie, who joined from Cogenhoe United ahead of the game, was thrust into the action in the first half.
“Tom has put himself right in the frame,” Peaks added.
“I felt it was the right time to give him his chance and he did himself no harm at all.
“There were some really good performances.
“The injuries to Andy Hall and Richard Bunting meant we got Lewis Leslie into the game and he did well.
“I wanted to give Tom Lorraine a rest because he has run himself into the ground for us but his rest lasted 20 minutes and he came on and did a great job for us in centre midfield.
“And I thought Tommy Berwick was also very good with his movement for us.”
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