Tough task awaits as Diamonds aim to bounce back

Edi Appleton has left AFC Rushden & Diamonds to rejoin Corby Town while Connor Kennedy has gone in the other direction on loan
Edi Appleton has left AFC Rushden & Diamonds to rejoin Corby Town while Connor Kennedy has gone in the other direction on loan
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Andy Peaks knows AFC Rushden & Diamonds will have their work cut out as they bid to bounce back against Egham Town at the Dog & Duck tonight (Tuesday).

Diamonds go into the clash on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Chalfont St Peter on Saturday, which saw the hosts leapfrog them into top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Peaks is now targeting a swift return to winning ways.

But he knows that will be a tough task against an Egham side who sit in fourth place and were impressive 1-0 winners at fellow high-fliers St Ives Town at the weekend.

“It’s going to be a really tough game,” Peaks admitted.

“They don’t give a lot of goals away and they have picked up an excellent win at St Ives on Saturday so that tells you all you need to know.

“But, at the same time, we know that if you want to be up there then you have to pick up results against the teams around you.

“We were unable to do that at the weekend and now we have to try to bounce back.”

Diamonds are set to have a new face in their squad after full-back Connor Kennedy joined the club on loan from Corby Town yesterday.

The move came as it was also confirmed that defender Edi Appleton had left Diamonds to rejoin the Steelmen.

Peaks added: “I have always been an admirer of Connor and am delighted to get him here on loan.

“With regard to Edi, he feels he has some unfinished business at Corby and I would never stand in any player’s way to play at a higher level. So we thank him for his efforts of the last few weeks.”