Peaks so frustrated as Diamonds’ hopes are hit at Arlesey

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks was disappointed after his team went down 2-1 at Arlesey Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks was disappointed after his team went down 2-1 at Arlesey Town

There was more frustration for AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks after his team suffered a 2-1 defeat at Arlesey Town last night (Tuesday).

Diamonds went 1-0 up after 18 minutes thanks to Elliot Sandy’s second goal for the club before Matt Finlay saved a penalty before half-time.

But it all went wrong in the second period as Arlesey were awarded another penalty, this time converted by Jevani Brown, and then grabbed the winner through Tony Williams.

The defeat, Diamonds’ fifth in the last seven games, came after they had claimed a 1-0 success at Leighton Town but dealt another blow to their promotion hopes in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

With Chalfont St Peter beating Potters Bar Town 1-0, Diamonds now hold the final play-off position only on goal difference.

Peaks is now preparing for back-to-back home matches against Hanwell Town on Saturday and then Barton Rovers next Tuesday night.

And he was unable to hide his frustration following the latest setback to his team’s hopes.

“It was really frustrating,” the Diamonds boss said.

“I felt we played some good stuff in the first half and created some decent chances.

“And I really thought we could push on in the second half.

“But we couldn’t get that second goal that probably would have finished Arlesey off and then their second penalty of the night has changed the game.

“It gave them a lot of momentum and they have scored again but even then we have had more chances.

“It’s very disappointing because we have had the opportunities to be out of sight before they got their first penalty in the first half.

“But we haven’t taken it and the players have come off not quite believing we haven’t taken anything from the game.

“It’s obviously very, very disappointing after we got the win at the weekend.

“But we have to dust ourselves down and look forward to two home games because they are going to be huge for us.”

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