Witton one of the best, says Diamonds boss Peaks

Andy Peaks felt AFC Rushden & Diamonds came up against one of the best teams in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South as they were beaten 2-0 by Witton Albion at the Dog & Duck last night (Tuesday).

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 3:50 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am
Jack Bowen returned to AFC Rushden & Diamonds colours in last night's 2-0 home defeat to Witton Albion. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The defeat was a third in a row for Diamonds as Witton maintained their pursuit of league leaders Shaw Lane.

Peaks’ team now sit outside the play-off places having been overtaken by Leek Town with 11 games to go.

Both teams hit the post last night with Taylor Orosz seeing a thunderous effort cannon off the inside of the upright when the score was still 1-0.

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Diamonds' Ben Ford squares up to a Witton opponent

And Peaks felt his team didn’t get the stroke of luck they needed.

“We have played one of the best teams in the league, They were well organised, clinical and very decent,” Peaks said.

“They are as good as anyone we have played this year and they are where they are for a reason.

“It’s fine lines and if you are going to beat a team at their level then you have to take your chances and you need that little rub of the green.

Tom Lorraine has a shot on goal for Diamonds

“Some things didn’t quite drop for us and we have hit the post. If we had scored a goal it would have opened the game up but we didn’t take our chances.”

Diamonds weren’t helped by the late withdrawal from the squad by defender Jamie Tank due to personal reasons, which meant the returning Dan Quigley partnered Liam Dolman at centre-half.

Then Richard Bunting suffered a calf injury during the warm-up and was replaced by Joe Curtis.

“We had a tough build-up to the game with Jamie Tank pulling out at the last minute and that meant Dan Quigley had to play at the back which wasn’t ideal,” Peaks added.

Diamonds' Ben Ford squares up to a Witton opponent

“And then in the warm-up Bunts has pulled his calf so we had a bit of re-jiggling to do.

“But we started the game well, I thought we bossed it for the first 15 minutes and had a couple of chances but they have broken and scored.

“In the second half I thought we put a real shift in and I was happy with the attitude and effort.

“If the boys give me that between now and the end of the season then we can still get to where we want to be.”

Tom Lorraine has a shot on goal for Diamonds

Diamonds return to action on Saturday when they head to lowly Northwich Victoria.