Fixture pile-up isn’t a concern for Diamonds just yet

Andy Peaks isn't concerned by the gruelling schedule that his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side face between now and Christmas
Andy Peaks isn't concerned by the gruelling schedule that his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side face between now and Christmas

Andy Peaks insists he isn’t concerned about a fixture pile-up for AFC Rushden & Diamonds for the time being.

Diamonds have played just 11 matches in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central so far this season, mainly due to their run to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Their top-of-the-table home clash with Egham Town fell foul of the heavy rain, which has left them with four games in hand on new leaders St Ives Town who are just two points clear of the fifth-placed Diamonds.

Weather permitting, Peaks and his players have a gruelling schedule ahead of them with 11 matches to be played before the festive period while their game with Egham has been re-arranged for Tuesday, December 22.

The first of those matches is at Godalming Town this weekend.

But Peaks insists he isn’t fazed by the busy schedule that lies ahead.

“It was disappointing the game was off last weekend because we wanted to keep the momentum going and it was a big match with Egham being one the teams who are right up there,” the Diamonds boss said.

“The positive is that the break has given a few players the chance to rest up, a little bit.

“I am not really concerned about a fixture pile-up at the moment.

“We are only three or four games behind teams and, at this stage, we haven’t got a large number of points to make up on them.

“Having games Saturday-Tuesday isn’t a bad thing, particularly when things are going well.

“But, at the same time, we probably don’t want to lose many more because that’s when it will put pressure on the squad.

“At the moment though, I don’t think it is something to worry about.”