Andy Peaks was delighted to see AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintain their momentum as they beat St Ives Town 2-1 at Hayden Road to book a place in the second qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.
Tom Lorraine and Jack Bowen struck either side of half-time to give Diamonds a 2-0 advantage against their Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central rivals.
But they were made to sweat late on after Oliver Snaith pulled a goal back for the visitors.
However, Diamonds will now be in the hat for the draw tomorrow (Monday).
Peaks’ team are now on a good unbeaten run in all competitions and the manager said: “I said beforehand that it was an important game to me and the club so I am glad we have got through.
“It was pretty comfortable up until we conceded that late goal and once that happens, you’re never quite sure.
“But overall, I thought we managed the game quite well. It was never going to be a wide open game but the game plan worked well for us. We managed to get down the sides a couple of times and score a couple of goals.
“We have got that bit of momentum at the moment.
“The belief has always been there within the dressing-room but it’s results that give everyone else that same belief.
“We are on a nice little run and now we have a week to prepare for another tough game next weekend.”
The victory also maintained Diamonds’ unbeaten home record in all competitions so far this season.
And they will be hoping to keep that going when they entertain Rushall Olympic in their return to league action next Saturday.
Peaks added: “It’s been really important for us to be strong at home.
“I always think that any points you pick up away from home, especially against the top sides, are a bonus and we probably could have had more than we have got.
“But I am pleased with what we have done on our own ground and we need to keep that going.”