Peaks ‘chuffed’ as Diamonds march on in the league

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 success at Barton Rovers
Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 success at Barton Rovers

Andy Peaks declared himself “chuffed” as AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their unbeaten start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign with a fine 3-1 win at Barton Rovers.

Goals from Claudiu Hoban, Liam Dolman and Dan Quigley helped Diamonds make it 11 games without defeat in the league this season.

The victory moved them back into second place in the table and they sit level on points with leaders Egham Town with three games in hand.

Diamonds take on Egham in a top-of-the-table clash at the Dog & Duck this weekend, although their first order of business for the week is an NFA Hillier Senior Cup quarter-final against Desborough Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

And Peaks said: “I was chuffed with the performance and result.

“It was always going to be difficult to try to bounce back from two tough games against Barwell as well as having the disappointment of losing the replay.

“But the lads played really well and it could have been more than 3-1 in the end.

“It’s still very, very early days as far as I am concerned but I am really pleased with how things are going.

“We have put ourselves into a good position and it sets us up nicely for another big game at the weekend.”

Diamonds, meanwhile, will launch a fundraising effort to help defender Jack Ashton pay for an operation to repair an anterior cruciate ligament.

Ashton has been through a series of tests on his knee after first picking up the knee injury during a pre-season match at Enfield Town.

He played through the pain at the start of the campaign but has been out of action for a number of weeks and is now aiming to have the operation done quickly to enable him to return to full fitness as soon as possible.

A statement from the club said: “The cost of this operation is £2,000 and the club would like to assist Jack by arranging a fundraising effort to help towards that cost.

“We are going to organise a bucket collection at the fixture against Egham at the Dog & Duck on Saturday. We are also planning a donation facility via the club shop – details will follow.

“Jack has been a very popular member of the squad since joining the club and has been instrumental in our success over the last couple of seasons, so we feel it is only right to give the supporters the opportunity to help him in his hour of need.”