Diamonds are ready for Bedford cup test

AFC Rushden & Diamond boss Andy Peaks is preparing his team for a big FA Cup clash with Bedford Town
AFC Rushden & Diamond boss Andy Peaks is preparing his team for a big FA Cup clash with Bedford Town
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Andy Peaks knows what to expect when AFC Rushden & Diamonds take on Bedford Town in the preliminary round of the FA Cup at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).

Diamonds have enjoyed an impressive start to the new campaign with two successive wins in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division while a 5-1 victory over Oxhey Jets set up this weekend’s clash with the Southern League Division One Central outfit.

The tie will see a familiar face return to the Dog & Duck with former Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams now in charge of Bedford.

And Diamonds boss Peaks thinks that familiarity between the two managers will help make it a tight contest.

But he firmly believes his team are in with a chance of upsetting their higher-ranked opponents.

“They are in the division above us and I went and watched their game on Monday (which they lost 4-2 to Barton Rovers,” the Diamonds manager said.

“We know Craig well and the one thing that can be guaranteed with one of his teams is that they will be full of team spirit and there will be no shortage of effort.

“They will be a very organised team and it will take a very good performance to get through.

“But we are at home and I think we certainly have a good chance of getting a positive result.

“Craig knows all about us and we know all about him so there won’t be many surprises. And when it is the FA Cup, I don’t think there is ever a favourite.

“It is all about who can perform to their maximum on the day.”

Bedford currently sit in 13th place in the early standings in their division with seven points from their six matches so far.