Peaks delighted by Diamonds' response

AFC Rushden & Diamonds bounced back to winning ways in emphatic style on Tuesday night as they thrashed Thame United 6-0.

Thursday, 8th March 2018, 6:16 am
Updated Thursday, 8th March 2018, 6:19 am
Andy Peaks was delighted to see his AFC Rushden & Diamonds team bounce back with an emphatic win on Tuesday night

They were 4-0 up by half-time before a couple more in the second period – including a late Ryan Robbins penalty which completed his hat-trick – added gloss to a fine scoreline.

Ben Farrell (2) and Joel Gyasi got the other goals.

It was a welcome result but, perhaps even more so, a welcome performance from Diamonds who had lost their previous game to Egham Town.

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That outcome brought an end to their long unbeaten run, but boss Andy Peaks was impressed by how his side responded.

“I asked for a reaction after Egham and we got it,” he explained.

“The players responded fantastically and once we got ahead we never looked back.

“The Egham match was a reminder there is still a lot of hard work for us to do.

“And we already knew Thame wasn’t going to be an easy one.

“It wasn’t a game I was concerned about but it might not be the one you’d choose to bounce back from a defeat.

“They were 10th but have a few games in hand – and they have also beaten some of the top teams.

“I knew we’d have to play well and it was never a game we’d take lightly.

“In the end we did really well and played some very good football.

“I was told they were a hard-working team but, as I said to the lads, we’ve got so much to play for I don’t expect anyone to outwork us.”

Diamonds return to action this weekend with a trip to Barton Rovers before taking on promtion-chasing Dunstable, Hartley Wintney and Hayes & Yeading in three of the next four matches.