Andy Peaks is hoping his AFC Rushden & Diamonds learned a lesson in midweek as they prepare for tomorrow’s (Saturday) top-of-the-table showdown with Egham Town at the Dog & Duck.
As promised, Peaks fielded a strong side to take on Desborough Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night but they needed a penalty shoot-out to earn their place in the last four following a 2-2 draw with the UCL Premier Division side.
They return to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central duty this weekend sitting in second place and with an opportunity to move to the summit if they can beat current leaders Egham.
Diamonds are well placed in the league as they have three games in hand on Egham and third-placed Chalfont St Peter who are also on 27 points along with the top two.
But Peaks knows his players will have to be a lot better than they were on Tuesday if they are to move to the top tomorrow afternoon.
“It’s another massive game and one we are looking forward to,” the Diamonds boss said.
“We are in a good position and have performed pretty well when teams towards the top have come to our ground and we are hoping that will continue.
“To be honest, I think Tuesday night was a bit of an eye-opener for all of us.
“We put a strong team out there and it was a bit of a concern because we weren’t good enough.
“I have to give credit to Desborough. They looked a really good side and I told their manager that after the game.
“They thoroughly deserved to take it to penalties and probably should have won the game.
“But it might not have been a bad thing for us. It showed that you can’t take anything for granted and that if you don’t play at the right tempo then you can look like a very ordinary side.
“It was worth doing because there were lessons to be learned and hopefully we will take them into this weekend.”
Peaks revealed defender Delroy Gordon is a fitness concern for this weekend due to an ankle injury.