Statement made as Diamonds gear up for a home return

Andy Peaks felt his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side made "a bit of a statement" in their midweek success at Aylesbury United

Andy Peaks felt his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side made "a bit of a statement" in their midweek success at Aylesbury United

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Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds made “a bit of a statement” with their midweek success at Aylesbury United.

Diamonds bounced back from their first defeat of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign at Godalming Town last weekend with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday evening.

The victory moved Peaks’ side back up to third in the table and to within two points of leaders St Ives Town with three games in hand.

Diamonds are now preparing to take on Beaconsfield SYCOB at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday) and Peaks believes their midweek exploits would have been met with some disappointment from their rivals at the top end of the table.

“The win has put us right back where we want to be,” the Diamonds boss said.

“Last weekend was a setback and I am sure there would have been a few managers of teams around us who maybe would have been hoping for something similar in tough conditions at Aylesbury.

“But when they saw the 4-0, I think it would have been a bit demoralising for them, I certainly would have felt that way if it had been me.

“It was a bit of a statement from us because good teams always bounce back.”

As far as tomorrow is concerned, Peaks is expecting a tricky encounter with Beaconsfield.

It’s been a tough week off the pitch with Diamonds and Wellingborough Town counting the cost of a fire at the Dog & Duck clubhouse, which broke out in the early hours of Monday morning.

And Peaks added: “We haven’t been at home for a couple of weeks and hopefully people are desperate for their football fix. It would be good to have a big crowd behind us.

“It will be tough because they are a young team who are on a good run.

“They will play with no fear but we will be going out there with the aim of picking up another three points.

“It’s been a tough week with the fire in the clubhouse and I am sure everyone will be rallying round.”