Another tough task awaits Peaks’ Diamonds

Liam Dolman was sent off during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' defeat at Godalming, leaving boss Andy Peaks disappointed
Liam Dolman was sent off during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' defeat at Godalming, leaving boss Andy Peaks disappointed

Andy Peaks knows AFC Rushden & Diamonds are in for “another tough game” when they head to Aylesbury United on Wednesday night.

Diamonds will be aiming to bounce back after they had their unbeaten start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central ended by a 1-0 loss at Godalming Town on Saturday.

Liam Dolman’s stoppage-time penalty gave Diamonds a 2-1 victory over Aylesbury in what was their first win of the season back in August.

And Peaks knows it will be no easier when they make the trip for the return fixture this week.

“It will be another tough game,” he said.

“I have watched them twice this season and we were lucky to beat them at home earlier in the season.

“It’s a bit different with the game being on Wednesday. It means we will train tonight (Monday) instead of tomorrow.

“We will go there fully prepared and try to bounce back from what happened at the weekend.”

Dolman was sent off during Saturday’s defeat as he was shown a straight red card for a challenge in the second half.

It was a decision that Peaks described as “ridiculous”.

The Diamonds boss added: “I haven’t seen it again, I only saw it in real time but I thought it was a ridiculous decision.

“Everyone knows Liam isn’t that sort of player and it was never a sending-off.

“The decision didn’t cost us the game because we weren’t good enough overall.

“But what the referee has cost me is having Liam for three games and that is the most disappointing thing.”