AFC Rushden & Diamonds bounced back to winning ways in emphatic style on Tuesday night as they thrashed Thame United 6-0.
They were 4-0 up by half-time before a couple more in the second period – including a late Ryan Robbins penalty which completed his hat-trick – added gloss to a fine scoreline.
Ben Farrell (2) and Joel Gyasi got the other goals.
It was a welcome result but, perhaps even more so, a welcome performance from Diamonds who had lost their previous game to Egham Town.
That outcome brought an end to their long unbeaten run, but boss Andy Peaks was impressed by how his side responded.
“I asked for a reaction after Egham and we got it,” he explained.
“The players responded fantastically and once we got ahead we never looked back.
“The Egham match was a reminder there is still a lot of hard work for us to do.
“And we already knew Thame wasn’t going to be an easy one.
“It wasn’t a game I was concerned about but it might not be the one you’d choose to bounce back from a defeat.
“They were 10th but have a few games in hand – and they have also beaten some of the top teams.
“I knew we’d have to play well and it was never a game we’d take lightly.
“In the end we did really well and played some very good football.
“I was told they were a hard-working team but, as I said to the lads, we’ve got so much to play for I don’t expect anyone to outwork us.”
Diamonds return to action this weekend with a trip to Barton Rovers before taking on promtion-chasing Dunstable, Hartley Wintney and Hayes & Yeading in three of the next four matches.