Ar Tarn boss Walker tips Diamonds for promotion

Ian Walker's Desborough Town take on leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds in a UCL Premier Division local derby this weekend

Ian Walker's Desborough Town take on leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds in a UCL Premier Division local derby this weekend

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Desborough Town boss Ian Walker is convinced AFC Rushden & Diamonds will win the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division and keep going up.

The sides clash at Waterworks Field tomorrow (Saturday) with Diamonds seven points clear at the top following last weekend’s 2-0 win over Peterborough Northern Star, secured by strikes from Russ Dunkley and substitute Tom Lorraine.

Walker, whose side were humbled 5-1 at Boston Town at the same time, expects Diamonds to go on and wrap up the championship.

He said: “There are a lot of good teams in the Premier Division but, in my opinion, Diamonds are head and shoulders above the rest.

“Holbeach and Wisbech may well think they can still catch them.

“But, for me, Diamonds have got everything they need to get promoted and go up to the next level after that as well.

“They’ve got the players, the fan base and everything else is in place.”

Diamonds were 5-0 winners when the sides met at the Dog & Duck in October and boss Andy Peaks has called for a repeat performance on Saturday.

He said: “We were ruthless against Desborough earlier this season.

“We seemed to take every chance we created.

“We were clinical and we need to be again because Desborough are always a hard-working, well-organised side who make it hard for you.”

Wellingborough Town welcome Huntingdon Town to the Dog & Duck tomorrow looking to get back on track in the Premier Division.

Having been without a game last weekend, the Doughboys returned to action with a midweek local derby at Cogenhoe United.

But they were unable to add to two wins in a row as they went down 2-1 at Compton Park.

The Cooks took a first-half lead thanks to Karl Bates’ goal on 13 minutes.

And that advantage was doubled when Taylor Orosz struck just past the hour.

Jake Newman pulled one back for Wellingborough six minutes from the end but they were unable to find an equaliser while Joe Rich was sent off in the latter stages.