Contrasting fortunes as Diamonds and Steelmen prepare for derby battle

Gary Mills will need to pick his Corby Town team up after their damaging defeat at the weekend
Gary Mills will need to pick his Corby Town team up after their damaging defeat at the weekend

Gary Mills insists Corby Town can’t feel sorry for themselves as they get ready to cross swords with AFC Rushden & Diamonds tonight (Tuesday).

The two teams will finally try to play their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Integro League Cup tie at the Dog & Duck after it had been postponed on three previous occasions.

Andy Peaks is hoping AFC Rushden & Diamonds can maintain their momentum this evening

Andy Peaks is hoping AFC Rushden & Diamonds can maintain their momentum this evening

The Steelmen are enduring a miserable season in the Premier Division, which hit a new low at the weekend as they were hammered 5-1 at fellow strugglers Sutton Coldfield Town.

Mills knows he has a big task on his hands to turn things around and he insists players within the squad will continue to be given opportunities until they get it right.

“There’s no point us feeling sorry for ourselves,” the Steelmen boss said.

“We have to pick ourselves up and go and again and we will do that tonight.

“We know what our end target is but we have to concentrate on ourselves and not worry about what anyone else is doing. We have got a huge job on our hands.

“I will continue to give players opportunities until we get this right.

“There were not many good performances at all on Saturday.

“The only ones who could take any credit were Ryan Bell who came on at half-time and showed a bit of desire and Jordon Crawford who had a go for the club.”

While Corby are struggling, Diamonds are enjoying an impressive first campaign in Division One South and they made it 14 league games without defeat after goals from Fazel Koriya and Liam Dolman secured a 2-1 success at Gresley FC on Saturday.

Boss Andy Peaks is set to make changes this evening but he is keen to see his team maintain that momentum ahead of this weekend’s home league clash with Lincoln United.

“We want to keep the momentum going,” Peaks said.

“We haven’t won enough games at home this season and tonight gives us another chance to do that and make sure we are in good shape going into a massive game with Lincoln at the weekend.

“We will make a few changes but the squad is looking good and, no matter who plays, I think we will be fairly strong anyway.”