Peaks praises his ‘clinical’ Diamonds

Lewis Wilson scored his first goal for AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the 4-1 win at Belper Town
Lewis Wilson scored his first goal for AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the 4-1 win at Belper Town

Andy Peaks was delighted with a “clinical” performance as AFC Rushden & Diamonds picked up a second win of the week in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

Goals from Nic Evangelinos, Lewis Wilson, with his first for the club, Taylor Orosz and Liam Dolman secured a 4-1 success at Belper Town on Tuesday evening as Diamonds followed up their 2-1 victory over Sheffield FC at the weekend in fine style.

The win extended Diamonds’ unbeaten run in the league to seven matches ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Basford United.

And Peaks was a happy man after the latest success, which moved his team into mid-table.

“I was delighted with another really good three points, it keeps us moving up the league,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We were clinical with our chances, which was something we had spoken about.

“I wasn’t actually that pleased with how we played in the first half, we didn’t pass the ball well enough.

“But it was much better in the second half. We managed the game a lot better and I thought we looked a lot more comfortable.”

There is still mixed news on the injury front for Diamonds.

They have been boosted by the returns of Dolman and Jack Ashton in the past week.

But Peaks admits it is the midfield area that is giving him the biggest cause for concern at the moment.

Skipper Richard Bunting was withdrawn during the first half on Tuesday while Lewis Leslie, Joe Curtis and Ross Oulton all remain on the injured list.

Recent signing Ash Deeney was also forced off because of injury during last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Sheffield FC.

But, despite the ongoing issues, the Diamonds manager is delighted with the way the players currently in the shirts have responded.

“It’s still a bit frustrating because we get a couple back and then we lose a couple and that’s just the way it is going for us.

“It’s great to have Liam Dolman back in there, especially with Rory Winters now serving a suspension and I have Jack Ashton ready to play as well.

“The midfield area is probably the biggest concern. Bunts (Bunting) played on Tuesday despite being sore from the weekend and he didn’t last long but he went in there because he knew we were a bit light in that area.

“We still have the likes of Lewis Leslie, Joe Curtis and Ross Oulton on the sidelines so there are some good players to come back into it.

“But the lads are doing a job for us at the moment and they are showing they can match most teams at this level.”