Standard set but Peaks doesn’t mind how Diamonds get their wins

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks takes his free-scoring side to Huntingdon Town tomorrow (Saturday) demanding a repeat performance.

Diamonds last weekend recorded a remarkable 9-0 win at Desborough Town. which saw them go 10 points clear at the top, although that advantage was cut to seven after both Wisbech Town and Yaxley won on Tuesday night.

That success in the local derby equalled Diamonds’ club-record win while Liam Dolman was the four-goal hero at the Waterworks Field.

And Peaks said: “We’ve set the standard now and we have to maintain it.

“It was unfortunate for Desborough. They are not the worst team we’ve played this season by a long stretch, but they have met us on two good days (Diamonds were 5-0 winners at the Dog & Duck earlier this season).

“But whether it’s 9-0 or 1-0, you only get three points. I would happily settle for 1-0 wins in every match between now and the end of the season.

“I’ve never been involved in a 9-0 game before, but we have to forget about what happened last week and move on because whether it’s 1-0 or 9-0, you only get three points.”

Diamonds look to extend their unbeaten run to seven games at Jubilee Park on Saturday against a club who are going through difficult times.

Huntingdon were last week hammered 7-3 at Wellingborough Town, but to keep his players focused, Peaks will send them onto the pitch with a reminder of the humbling loss at Oadby Town last month.

Peaks said: “Football has a funny way of knocking you off the rails when you think you’ve cracked it and I remind the lads of the Oadby game to keep them focused.

“I say to them before every game: ‘We don’t want another Oadby.’

“Nobody saw it coming and we can’t let it happen again.

“We’ve done our homework on Huntingdon and we are preparing to be the best we can be on Saturday.”

Wellingborough Town joint-boss Steve Herring says he wants to build a team around goal ace Jake Newman.

Newman went to the top of the Premier Division goalscoring chart with five in last week’s 7-3 thrashing of Huntingdon Town.

That took his total for the season to 18 goals in the league – 24 in all competitions – and he will be looking for more when Peterborough North Star visit the Dog & Duck tomorrow.

Newman was the first signing made by Herring and Joe Smyth when they took over and they hope to keep him at the club.

Herring said: “We know what Jake has done will raise eyebrows and we really want to keep him.

“We know that if we want to keep him, we have to put together a team for next season that will compete.

“We want Jake to be an integral part of the team.

“Joe and me were with Jake when he was a youngster at Whitworth and I think we know how to play him to get the best out of him.

“We knew Jake could score goals when he came here, but he was a bit selfish. We’ve got him working for the team now.

“His work-rate has been absolutely terrific and when he’s at his best not many teams can cope with him.”

Desborough Town hope successive home games will help them get their season back on track.

Ar Tarn welcome Newport Pagnell Town to the Waterworks Field tomorrow and on Tuesday night, high-flying Holbeach United are the visitors.

Ian Walker’s men have taken just one point from their last five games and the season reached its nadir last week when AFC Rushden & Diamonds powered to a 9-0 win on their visit to Desborough.

Ar Tarn have shipped 17 goals in their last three games and Walker seems sure to make changes for this weekend.