Peaks frustrated as Diamonds are denied

Andy Peaks was frustrated after AFC Rushden & Diamonds' draw at St Ives Town
Andy Peaks was frustrated after AFC Rushden & Diamonds' draw at St Ives Town

Andy Peaks spoke of his frustration after a late goal denied AFC Rushden & Diamonds three points at St Ives Town.

Diamonds came from behind at ProEdge Westwood Road to lead through goals from Tom Lorraine and Tommy Berwick.

But they were denied their first win in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central by a Harry O’Malley equaliser with just four minutes left.

Peaks, whose side started the season with a 2-2 draw against Petersfield Town at the Dog and Duck on Saturday, said: “It’s frustrating. We did enough to win the game.

“They didn’t really threaten our goal in the second half. We were camped in their half.

“The result flattered St Ives. They scored from a dubious penalty and a long punt into the box after we switched off.

“We have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes and we need to take our half chances.

“At 2-1, they were still in the game and a third goal would have killed them off.”

“We should have had four points from the first two games but we haven’t been getting the rub of the green.

“But there are lots of positives to take from the game at St Ives.

“It’s good to see our strikers scoring goals and we showed good character to come from a goal behind.”

Peaks handed a start to Charlie Butt in defence after Joe Merrill ruled himself out of the match.

And the Diamonds boss added: “All the lads who have come in have done well. They haven’t let anyone down. We’ve got plenty of options for Saturday.”

Diamonds travel to Ware this weekend.

Find more Diamonds news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph