Peaks: Diamonds will be there or thereabouts

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate Tom Lorraine's winner against Aylesbury on Saturday. Picture by Alison Bagley
AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate Tom Lorraine's winner against Aylesbury on Saturday. Picture by Alison Bagley
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Andy Peaks has reaffirmed his belief that AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be “there or thereabouts” in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

The unbeaten Diamonds remain level on points with Chalfont St Peter at the top of the table following a 1-0 victory over fellow early high-fliers Aylesbury on Saturday thanks to Tom Lorraine’s sixth-minute strike.

The win made it 30 competitive matches without a loss for Peaks’ team.

And while the manager accepts it’s still “early days” he insists his side’s superb start to the season has come as no surprise to him.

“I have never said we would win this or win that,” the Diamonds boss said.

“But I did say we would be there or thereabouts and I felt we had a squad capable of mounting a challenge.

“It’s still very early days, I know that.

“But I am delighted with where we are and it hasn’t surprised me because we have some very good players.”

Diamonds now have a full week to prepare for next Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round clash at Deeping Rangers.

The tie sees them take on a team they faced in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division and Peaks has rated the match as his side’s biggest of the season so far.

He added: “Deeping are a good side and we know a bit about them.

“It’s a massive game and each time we are in the FA Cup I will say it’s the biggest match of the season and that will be the case next week.

“We have got a week of training and we will be ready for it.”