Andy Peaks conceded AFC Rushden & Diamonds “got a bit of luck” as they claimed their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign.
Diamonds looked to be heading for a fourth draw from as many matches when Aylesbury United’s Alex Collard cancelled out Claudiu Hoban’s opener with five minutes to go at the Dog & Duck last night (Tuesday).
But Dan Quigley was fouled by visiting goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk as the game moved into stoppage-time and the returning Liam Dolman stepped up to seal a 2-1 win from the penalty spot.
And for boss Peaks, it was a relief after his team had thrown away winning positions in their previous two matches at St Ives Town and Ware, although he was honest enough to admit Aylesbury probably deserved more than they ended up with.
“In the second half I thought they were worthy of point,” Peaks said.
“I am always honest with my opinions and based on the second half they probably deserved point but we have nicked it at the end and got a bit of luck we might have deserved in the other games.
“It feels very good for us now and all of a sudden it looks like a decent start to the season.
“We are learning. This league is a step up and you do get punished for your mistakes.
“Teams are fitter and more organised and we have to contend with that.”
Peaks, meanwhile, praised Dolman who came off the bench to replaced the injured Jack Ashton after 18 minutes.
Dolman himself has been getting over a calf problem he picked up in the first game of the season and Peaks said: “I thought he was excellent when he came on.
“He had to come on and help the team and he defended really well. Then to score the penalty rounded it off nicely.”
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