Peaks looks forward to a big clash as Diamonds strike back

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks

Andy Peaks has piled the praise on his AFC Rushden & Diamonds for the way they bounced back from their 4-1 loss to Royston Town just over a week ago.

After being well beaten by their fellow Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central high-fliers, Diamonds responded by moving to the top of the table with a 2-1 victory at Hanwell Town last Tuesday.

They maintained their position as Richard Bunting hit a last-minute winner to secure a 1-0 success at in-form Uxbridge on Saturday.

Diamonds are now preparing for next weekend’s huge clash at second-placed Chalfont St Peter with just goal difference separating the two teams while Peaks’ side still have two games in hand.

And the manager feels the league table is now beginning to take shape as the halfway stage of the campaign approaches for his team.

“It is set up nicely for next weekend,” he said.

“They (Chalfont) have had a great win against Royston, who beat us the week before. In this league, you never really know what is going to happen.

“It’s great that a big game like this has been set up at this stage of the season.

“I think the league is beginning to take shape and if you look at the table, there is a gap beginning to develop between the teams right at the top and those chasing the play-off places.

“We aren’t going to do anything different. We just want to carry on trying to pick up points.

“I think the thing that has please me the most is the way we have bounced back.

“We had a defeat against Royston and then we won two games in a row with decent performances so I am happy with that.”