Peaks’ focused on Diamonds’ next test and not a numbers game

AFC Rushden & Diamonds' players can create a new club record if they avoid defeat at North Greenford United this weekend

AFC Rushden & Diamonds' players can create a new club record if they avoid defeat at North Greenford United this weekend

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Andy Peaks insists he won’t allow a numbers game to get in the way of AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ next order of business.

Peaks’ team have enjoyed an impressive start to the new season.

They sit in second spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central following a third win in row when they beat Bedford Town 2-0 at the Dog & Duck on Bank Holiday Monday.

And they are also in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup after picking up a 1-0 victory at Kings Langley last Saturday.

Diamonds head to struggling North Greenford United for their latest league outing tomorrow (Saturday).

And, should they avoid defeat, they will set a new club record of 28 matches unbeaten.

Given North Greenford are still awaiting their first league win of the season, Diamonds will be highly fancied to create that new record.

But Peaks is determined to ensure his team don’t get ahead of themselves.

“I am not going to get caught up in numbers or anything like that,” the Diamonds boss said.

“To be honest, it wasn’t until after the game on Monday that someone mentioned it (the record) to me.

“We are on a great run but now we have to work even harder and we have to keep our feet on the ground.

“Football has a tendency to hit you where it hurts just when you think you have done it.

“But we are in good shape, the players who came in on Monday performed well and that was great to see.

“We just have to focus on the next game and that’s what we will do.

“I have a couple of reports on North Greenford and we will have a look at those and see what we have to do to get another good result.

“I understand that it’s a tricky place to go to but that’s no different to any other away game for us.

“If we can perform well then we will have a good chance of getting a positive result.”