Diamonds will do ‘all they can’ to get St Ives clash on

Sam Brown has made his last appearance for AFC Rushden & Diamonds for the time being as he gets ready to travel abroad
Sam Brown has made his last appearance for AFC Rushden & Diamonds for the time being as he gets ready to travel abroad
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Andy Peaks knows those behind the scenes at AFC Rushden & Diamonds will do “all they can” to ensure tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s game with St Ives Town goes ahead.

Diamonds are in need of an improvement in the weather after their home clash with Arlesey Town was abandoned at half-time on Saturday with the teams locked at 0-0 at the break.

A heavy downpour during the first half left the Dog & Duck pitch waterlogged after it had earlier passed two inspections.

Every other game in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central was postponed to leave Diamonds still three points behind leaders Chalfont St Peter with two games in hand.

One of those is due to be tomorrow evening but Peaks has admitted it is already doubtful that the game with sixth-placed St Ives will go ahead.

“I think it is going to be very, very doubtful but I have no doubts that the people at the club will do all they can to get the game on,” the Diamonds boss said.

“They just want to watch games of football. They are fans and they want their team to play so they will do all they can.

“Realistically, I am sure it will be doubtful but hopefully the weather improves and we can get back out there.”

One player who won’t be involved if the game goes ahead is left-back Sam Brown as Saturday’s abandoned clash proved to be his final appearance in a Diamonds shirt for the time being.

Brown is now set to travel abroad and Peaks was pleased he was given a send-off of sorts.

“That’s Sam done and I am pleased that at least some of the game was played because it gave him the chance to see everyone,” Peaks added.

“In an ideal scenario we would have been winning the game and I would have been able to bring him off with a few minutes to go to give him a proper farewell.

“The lads had a whip round and got him some Australian dollars, which was a nice touch.

“We wish him safe travels and, as I have already said, I expect him to come back here and play a big part in the club’s future.”