Peaks’ ascension at the Diamonds wasn’t a ‘massive step’

Raunds beat Northampton Spencer 2-1 last time out. The Shopmates host ON Chenecks this weekend
Raunds beat Northampton Spencer 2-1 last time out. The Shopmates host ON Chenecks this weekend

Andy Peaks says that taking over from Mark Starmer at AFC Rushden & Diamonds was a “natural progression.”

Peaks was placed in caretaker charge at the Dog & Duck following Mark Starmer’s resignation last weekend and made a good start with a 2-1 win against Wisbech in his first outing.

And having been on the coaching staff at the club, Peaks admits the step up hasn’t been a tricky one to make.

He said: “I’ve been involved for a while so I know what the club’s about and it’s a natural transition to make.

“I’ve been involved in signing a lot of the players and doing the coaching so it’s not really a massive step to take.”

Next up for Peaks and his side is a trip to Harborough Town for a clash that he doesn’t think will be straightforward.

He said: “We’ve struggled against sides down there, I know what they’re about and it will be up to us to deal with that.”

Meanwhile, Jason Turner has admitted that he won’t be looking to take on the manager’s role at Wellingborough Town.

The prolific goalscorer, who was on target in the 3-2 defeat of Desborough on Saturday, is currently in caretaker charge alongside Stuart Smeathers following Craig Adams’ departure.

But despite being in possession, Turner says that it isn’t a job he would be able to take on to with the necessary dedication required.

He said: “At this moment in time I can’t really commit to it properly as we’ve got a baby on the way soon.

“I’ve told the club where I stand and as far as I know they’re looking to bring someone in before the end of the season.”

But until that happens, Turner and Smeathers are at the helm and their reign has already been up and down.

The victory at Desborough in the first outing was followed by a heavy 5-0 defeat to Deeping in the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Turner added: “It’s been a bit of a struggle because both Stuart and myself are still playing.

“That makes it difficult because we’ve both got a player’s mindset but as he’s now injured on Saturday (at Sleaford) he’ll be on the sidelines and I can concentrate on playing.”

Elsewhere, Desborough will be aiming to bounce back from their 3-2 home defeat to Wellingborough Town last weekend when they make the trip to Lincolnshire to face Boston Town.

For the second weekend running, bottom side S&L Corby are without a game and they have to wait until Wednesday when they make the trip to Huntingdon.

In Division One, Rushden & Higham put a slight pause in Oadby’s march to the title last weekend and they get the chance to replicate that on Saturday when the sides meet again.

Goals from Darren Farrar and Craig Harrower earned the Lankies a point from a 2-2 stalemate in Leicestershire.

Burton Park Wanderers will attempt to halt Thrapston’s excellent run of results when the two collide at Latimer Park.

Thrapston’s 4-1 win at Rothwell Corinthians on Tuesday made it five wins on the trot for Richard Scott’s men but they will come up against a Burton side in good spirits following their 2-0 win at Northampton Spencer in midweek.

Irchester’s 2-0 defeat at Buckingham on Tuesday was their sixth in a row and they welcome Bourne to Alfred Street as they bid to halt the slide.

Raunds, 2-1 winners over Northampton Spencer in their last outing, entertain NFA Junior Cup finalists ON Chenecks who have lost their last three league games.

Whitworth drew 1-1 with Blackstones in midweek but they are without a game this weekend.