Andy Peaks has admitted he will pick his AFC Rushden & Diamonds team for tonight’s (Tuesday) Integro League Cup quarter-final with one eye on their huge league game at the weekend.
Diamonds will battle it out with Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division play-off chasers Buxton at the Dog & Duck for a place in the last four this evening.
But boss Peaks is already looking ahead to a big home clash with Division One South play-off rivals Leek Town on Saturday.
Diamonds sit in fourth place in the table while Leek are seventh but just one point behind with 10 games to go in the race for a top-five finish.
Peaks insists the league’s knockout competition has been “fantastic” for Diamonds this season.
And while he conceded there will be changes to the team, he will be expecting his players to turn in another good display.
“I am sure there are some that have seen the competition as a bit of a pain but for us, it has been fantastic,” Peaks said.
“It has given us the chance to get minutes into those who need them and that will be the case again tonight.
“No matter what team I put out, I want them to go and win the game and that will be the same again.
“But there will be changes. We will pick the team while having one eye on the weekend because it is a huge game and the league is our top priority.
“But we have got to the quarter-finals of this competition and we are in it to try to win it.”