Mid-table position is just fine for Diamonds boss Peaks at the moment

Andy Peaks is happy with AFC Rushden & Diamonds' current mid-table position in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South

Andy Peaks is happy with AFC Rushden & Diamonds' current mid-table position in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South

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Andy Peaks insists he is happy with AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ position in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

Diamonds rounded off a decent week of league action, which saw them claim wins over Sheffield FC and Belper Town, with a 2-2 draw against Basford United at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

The stalemate extended Diamonds’ current unbeaten run in the league to eight matches and has left them in 11th place in the table - five points off the play-off places.

Having led from the front for a long time in the Southern League Division One Central last season before falling away to settle for a play-off place, Peaks is happy with the different course his team’s campaign is taking them so far.

“I am quite happy with where we are sitting in the league,” the Diamonds boss said.

“Last season we hit the top quite early and that created extra pressure and expectation for us.

“This year, we are just going about our business and we are doing it under the radar.

“We are going along nicely and we want to keep it that way for as long as possible.”

Diamonds are now preparing for a Buildbase FA Trophy first qualifying round clash against Northern League Premier Division outfit Coalville Town at the Dog & Duck next weekend.

And Peaks knows his team will need to “be at their best” if they are to advance.

“It’s a great opportunity for us,” he added.

“We are at home against a team from a higher level who have not had things all their own way so far this season.

“But they are still a good side. We have watched them twice and we know what we will be up against.

“It’s a great competition that we want to have a good run in but we know we will have to be at our best to get through,”