Peaks expecting Diamonds to hit back at Hanwell

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be aiming to hit back from their loss to Royston Town when the travel to Hanwell Town tonight. Picture by Alison Bagley
AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be aiming to hit back from their loss to Royston Town when the travel to Hanwell Town tonight. Picture by Alison Bagley

Andy Peaks expects AFC Rushden & Diamonds to show their powers of recovery again when they head to Hanwell Town tonight (Tuesday).

The Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central clash is subject to an afternoon pitch inspection but Diamonds boss Peaks believes another game is what his team need after they suffered their second league defeat of the season on Saturday.

Diamonds shipped four second-half goals as fellow high-fliers Royston Town claimed a 4-1 success at the Dog & Duck.

Peaks is hopeful illness victims Richard Bunting and Brad Harris will be fit after the former was withdrawn during Saturday’s defeat while the latter pulled out ahead of it.

And he is hoping his team can hit back in style after their weekend setback.

“It would be good to get back into things with a game,” Peaks said.

“It won’t be easy because they are fighting for their lives, they have just got a new manager and they had a good win at the weekend which they needed.

“Hopefully we will have Brad and Bunts (Bunting) back and if the game goes ahead then that will complete Liam Dolman’s suspension, which means we get him back at the weekend.

“We know there is an inspection there in the afternoon and if it goes ahead then we will go there and give it our best shot and I would expect us to bounce back.

“No team will go through a whole season without a blip or two but the most important thing is how quickly you can recover from it.”