No motivation needed as Diamonds face the leaders

Andy Hall remains a fitness doubt for AFC Rushden & Diamonds ahead of the clash with St Ives Town
Andy Hall remains a fitness doubt for AFC Rushden & Diamonds ahead of the clash with St Ives Town

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks believes he won’t have to say too much to get his players motivated for tonight’s (Tuesday) clash with leaders St Ives Town.

Diamonds will move to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central with a victory at the Dog & Duck this evening.

St Ives maintained their one-point lead at the summit with a 2-0 home win over Kings Langley at the weekend while Diamonds held on to second spot after Claudiu Hoban’s late goal secured a 1-0 success at Petersfield Town.

Those results have set up a showdown between the top two with Diamonds still having two games in hand on the leaders with whom they shared a 2-2 draw in the second match of the season.

“It is going to be a tough game, that goes without saying,” Peaks said.

“They are a team who work hard, they have some real quality in their squad and they are on a great run at the moment.

“I don’t think I will have to say a great deal to our players.

“They all know what the prize is if they can win and, even though it is still early, it’s better to be at the top of the table than not.

“We have done well in the home matches against teams at the top end so far and we will do all we can to make sure that carries on.

“I said after the game on Saturday that it was the perfect away performance and now I want us to produce a perfect home performance in a big game.”

Peaks confirmed Diamonds will assess Andy Hall’s groin injury ahead of the game after he missed Saturday’s victory.

And the Diamonds boss also revealed that Dan Quigley is leaving the club.

The midfielder popped up with some crucial goals earlier in the season but has been missing from the team in recent weeks.

Peaks added: “Dan will be leaving the club. It’s disappointing but we wish him well.

“He hasn’t always been available for matches and his preparation for games hasn’t been what I would expect.”