Peaks content with a ‘good point’ for Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks was pleased with a point against Romulus
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks was pleased with a point against Romulus

Andy Peaks felt AFC Rushden & Diamonds earned a “good point” as they held drew 0-0 with high-flying Romulus at the Dog & Duck last night.

Diamonds were forced into a number of changes due to a crippling injury list but they still more than played their part in the goalless stalemate, which was the third successive draw in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

But, as they now turn their attention towards Saturday’s big FA Cup third qualifying round clash at Hendon, Peaks was content with another share of the spoils.

“Based on the 90 minutes, I think a point was probably about right result,” the Diamonds boss said.

“I think we could have won the game, I think we had enough chances but Matt Finlay has made a couple of good saves so we could have lost it as well.

“Overall, with the injury list we have got, I think it was a good point against a decent team who are up there.

“When I was writing my stuff up before the game I had a bigger list of injured players than I did of those who were available.

“But we are mixing it up and the lads who are coming in and playing out of position are doing a good job.”

Peaks was impressed by the display of recent arrival Rory Winters who partnered Liam Dolman at the heart of defence while he was also pleased to see Jake Newman return from injury as a second-half substitute.

“Rory is very steady,” Peaks added.

“He would have started the season with us but he picked up an ankle injury so he missed the first bit. He has come in and he was outstanding for us.

“Jake has been out for a little while and I thought it was set up for him to go on and get the winner. But he will benefit from that time on the pitch.

“There were positives, it’s just disappointing not to have won the game.”

Don’t miss all the build-up to Diamonds’ FA Cup clash at Hendon in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph