Diamonds and Doughboys all set for the big derby

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks and his team will do battle with Wellingborough Town in the Dog & Duck derby today

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks and his team will do battle with Wellingborough Town in the Dog & Duck derby today

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds take on Wellingborough Town in the Dog & Duck derby this afternoon (3pm) with both teams keen on bouncing back.

ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division leaders Diamonds suffered just their second defeat of the season last weekend as they lost 2-1 at Thurnby Nirvana.

At the same time, the Doughboys squandered a 3-1 lead as they went down 5-3 at home to Sleaford Town.

And both sets of managers believe those results have only made a huge festive clash even bigger.

Diamonds boss Andy Peaks said: “There are times when a disappointing result can be turned into a positive.

“The defeat might just give our boys a kick up the backside and now it’s about how they react.

“We have two local derbies over the festive period and I am sure Wellingborough will be up for it. It’s an opportunity for us to bounce back and try to get on another run.

Doughboys joint-manager Joe Smyth added: “Saturday was disappointing for a number of reasons.

“But it’s a local derby, it’s Boxing Day and these are the games you want to be involved in.

“The pressure is all on Diamonds and all I want from our boys is a performance they can be proud of. If they gives that then I will be happy.”

Desborough Town have a derby of their own on Boxing Day as they make the short trip up the A6 to take on struggling Harborough Town.

Ian Walker’s side will be aiming to end a run of three successive defeats.

There is a busy programme of action in Division One on Boxing Day.

Promotion-chasing Whitworth make the short journey to Hayden Road to take on Rushden & Higham (11am) while Irchester United – who claimed a fine 3-2 win over ON Chenecks last weekend – face Raunds Town at Alfred Street (11am).

Burton Park Wanderers entertain Thrapston Town at Latimer Park (1pm) before in-form Rothwell Corinthians welcome rock-bottom Stewarts & Lloyds to Sergeants Lawn (3pm).