Peaks wants Diamonds to build a ‘fortress’

Action from Desborough Town's 1-0 defeat at Cogenhoe United last weekend. Ar Tarn head to Wisbech Town on Saturday. Picture by Dave Ikin
Action from Desborough Town's 1-0 defeat at Cogenhoe United last weekend. Ar Tarn head to Wisbech Town on Saturday. Picture by Dave Ikin

AFC Rushden & Diamonds head home this weekend with boss Andy Peaks calling for fans to make the Dog & Duck a ground their rivals fear.

Diamonds have their first home game in the United Counties League Premier Division this season when Boston Town visit tomorrow (Saturday).

They go into the match well-placed in seventh in the table and Peaks said: “We’ve had five tough away games and to pick up maximum points from four of them is a great effort.

“We have to kick on now and make home advantage count.

“The fans have been fantastic this season.

“They’ve followed us away from home and now we hope they get behind us and help us make the Dog & Duck a fortress that other teams don’t want to go to.”

The Diamonds fans headed home from Newport Pagnell on Tuesday night with smiles on their faces after Tom Lorraine’s double strike secured maximum points.

Wellingborough Town, meanwhile, have gone “back to the drawing board” this week after their good run was brought to a crushing halt.

The trip to Sileby Rangers tomorrow gives the Doughboys the chance to get back on track following a humbling 5-0 defeat at home to Premier Division title favourites Holbeach United last weekend.

Joint-boss Steve Herring said: “We’ve had to go back to the drawing board to put things right.

“We did all the things you shouldn’t do when you are up against a team that’s top of the table.

“We allowed them to play, switched off at the wrong times and were punished for it.

“We’ve asked ourselves if we have to make wholesale changes and bring players in. And we don’t. We’ve done well this season.

“We just have to make sure we don’t make those sort of errors again.”

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker says a tough run of fixtures doesn’t scare his players.

Ar Tarn had their three-game winning run snapped by a 1-0 reverse at Cogenhoe United last week – and are on their travels again to Wisbech this weekend.

Boss Ian Walker says he is “assessing one or two knocks” before picking his side and added: “Wisbech are always good at home and it’s another difficult away game for us.

“We have a few away games coming up – we are only at home once in October – but that’s just something we have to deal with.

“We’re just going to keep preparing properly and try to do the right things.”