Peaks hopes stalemate can be a ‘building block’ for Diamonds

Andy Peaks saw his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side end a run of four successive defeats with a 0-0 draw against Northwood
Andy Peaks saw his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side end a run of four successive defeats with a 0-0 draw against Northwood
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Andy Peaks is hoping AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ 0-0 draw with Northwood can be a “building block” for his team.

Diamonds ended their miserable run of four successive defeats with a goalless stalemate at the Dog & Duck against a team that will still have hopes of claiming a play-off place.

Diamonds remain in fifth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central but are just three points clear of Chalfont St Peter and five ahead of Aylesbury, who have two games in hand.

With any hopes of claiming the title now well and truly fading away, Peaks’ focus is on securing a play-off place.

And he is hoping the draw with Northwood will give his team something to build on.

“It was very much a 0-0 game to be honest,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We probably created the better chances but it was never going to be easy, there was a lot of tension around the place.

“When you look at the other results, I think it is a point gained and hopefully a building block for us.

“We have played against a good team and we have kept them at arm’s length with that result and it should give the lads a bit of confidence going into the next game.

“This point will look even better if we can follow it up with three.”

Diamonds get the chance to get back to winning ways when they head to Arlesey Town tomorrow (Monday, 3pm) for the second part of their Easter weekend double-header.

Arlesey were 3-0 winners at Hanwell Town yesterday and Peaks added: “We have no injuries coming out of the game so the lads will cool down and I am sure they will be ready to go again.

“It’s another tough game because every game in this division is hard.

“But I think we can take confidence from the draw with Northwood because it stopped the run of defeats.”