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Diamonds boss Peaks looks forward to ‘exciting time’

Andy Peaks believes “exciting times” lie ahead for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they come to terms with another heartbreaking finish to a season.

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper Matt Finlay kept this effort from Tom Owens out with a fine save during the first half of the 1-0 loss at Witton Albion. Picture by Keith Clayton

‘Gutted’ Finlay wants to stay with Diamonds

Matt Finlay admitted the AFC Rushden & Diamonds players were “gutted” after their season came to an end on Tuesday night.

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Stevie Noble is hoping brighter times lie ahead at Steel Park

Noble: We all want the best for Corby

Stevie Noble insists Corby Town remain ambitious as they come to terms with their final-day relegation.

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Rob Hopley scores the only goal of the game as AFC Rushden & Diamonds went down 1-0 at Witon Albion in last night's play-off semi-final. Picture by Keith Clayton

Peaks devastated after Diamonds’ play-off heartbreak

Andy Peaks was left “devastated” after AFC Rushden & Diamonds suffered more play-off agony last night (Tuesday).

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

VERDICT – Quigley off as Diamonds promotion hopes are ended

Dan Quigley saw red as AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ promotion hopes went up in smoke as Witton Albion claimed a 1-0 victory at Wincham Park.

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Boss Andy Peaks (centre), first-team coach Scott Carlin (left) and assistant-manager Paul Lamb will be plotting AFC Rushden & Diamonds' route to promotion as they head to Witton Albion for the play-off semi-final this evening

Peaks feeling the ‘buzz’ for Diamonds’ big play-off clash

Andy Peaks believes there is a “buzz” around the AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad as they bid to move a step closer to promotion tonight (Tuesday).

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Andy Peaks and his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players savour the moment after they secured their play-off place on the final day of the season. Picture by Alison Bagley

Peaks certain Diamonds can upset Witton

Andy Peaks has no doubts that AFC Rushden & Diamonds are capable of upsetting Witton Albion in tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South play-off semi-final.

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Corby Town goalkeeper Aidan Grant speaks with the fans following the club's relegation at the weekend. Picture by David Tilley

Kinniburgh would like to see Steelmen stay on

Steve Kinniburgh believes Corby Town will want to keep the vast majority of the squad that finished the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division season, despite their relegation on the final day.

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Danny Draper consoles a devastated Jordon Crawford after Corby Town were relegated following the 4-1 defeat at Coalville Town. Pictures by David Tilley

Kinniburgh defends Steelmen despite a ‘shambles’ and relegation on final day

Steve Kinniburgh conceded the final-day display at Coalville Town was “a shambles” as Corby Town were relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

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The AFC Rushden & Diamonds players celebrate after the final whistle as they secured their play-off place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Peaks’ delight as Diamonds secure a play-off place

Andy Peaks was understandably delighted after AFC Rushden & Diamonds stormed into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South play-offs.

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Adam Frisch is consoled by Corby Town fans after the Steelmen were relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division. Pictures by David Tilley

VERDICT – The hope is extinguished as Corby are relegated

By now, it will most probably be sinking in. Corby Town have been relegated for the second time in the space of a year.

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Joe Iaciofano, pictured celebrating after scoring in the 5-1 win over Sutton Coldfield Town in March, will miss Corby Town's final game of the season today after returning to Northampton Town

Iaciofano returns to Cobblers as he misses Corby’s survival bid

Joe Iaciofano won’t feature for Corby Town as they look to secure survival in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

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Steve Kinniburgh and the Corby Town players are looking to complete the great escape this weekend

No change in approach on Steelmen’s survival Saturday

Steve Kinniburgh insists there will be no change in approach as Corby Town bid to complete the great escape from relegation this weekend.

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Liam Dolman celebrates scoring the winning goal in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-0 win over Newcastle Town, which kept them firmly on course for the play-offs

One more big effort needed as Diamonds bid for the play-offs

Liam Dolman wants his AFC Rushden & Diamonds team-mates to produce “one more big performance” to secure their play-off place.

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Steven Leslie takes the congratulations after scoring Corby Town's third goal against Grantham Town on Easter Monday

Leslie glad Corby have control of their destiny

Steven Leslie is glad Corby Town don’t have to rely on anyone else as they bid for survival on the final day of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division season.

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Andy Peaks wants AFC Rushden & Diamonds to stay focused on their own job as they look to secure a play-off spot

Peaks wants Diamonds to focus on the job at hand

Andy Peaks wants his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players to focus on nothing else apart from their own business on Saturday.

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Steve Kinniburgh and the Corby Town players applaud the fans following their fine 3-0 victory over Grantham Town. Picture by Alison Bagley

Kinniburgh full of praise as Steelmen close in on safety

Steve Kinniburgh paid tribute to the Corby Town players after a fine Easter Monday success put them on the brink of pulling off the great escape from relegation.

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Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds side have their fate in their own hands on the last day of the season

Diamonds have the chance to ‘finish it off’

Andy Peaks is keen to see AFC Rushden & Diamonds “finish it off” when they look to wrap up their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South play-off place on Saturday.

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Steven Leslie takes the congratulations after scoring his second and Corby Town's third goal in the 3-0 win over Grantham Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley

VERDICT – One more effort will finish the job for super Steelmen

One more big effort will complete Corby Town’s great escape from relegation from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

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Steve Kinniburgh is looking forward to a crucial clash this afternoon as Corby Town take on Grantham Town at Steel Park

Corby and Grantham set for an afternoon full of drama

Steve Kinniburgh believes Corby Town’s showdown with Grantham Town at Steel Park this afternoon (Monday, 3pm) is the sort of game that makes the latter stages of the season great.

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