Spalding visit is a chance for Diamonds to measure their standing

AFC Rushden & Diamonds were 6-0 winners in their last outing at Harborough Town. They face champions Spalding this weekend
AFC Rushden & Diamonds were 6-0 winners in their last outing at Harborough Town. They face champions Spalding this weekend
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Andy Peaks believes a clash with champions Spalding will give him a “good judgement” on where his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side currently stand.

In purely statistical terms, the Diamonds are second in the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division, a whopping 19 points behind the leaders but with the kudos of being the only team to inflict a defeat on this weekend’s visitors to the Dog & Duck.

And while there is only the runners-up spot to fight for, Peaks says that there is no chance of his side, 6-0 winners at Harborough Town last weekend, embracing complacency.

He said: “I think this is a good game to have and it will be a good judgement as to where we are.

“All credit to them, the league table doesn’t lie and they are a very good side.

“They’re going to be desperate to beat us as we’re the only side who have got the better of them.

“They’re strong throughout, we’re aware of that, but we’ll certainly give them a decent game.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Stewarts & Lloyds have got six games left in which to save their Premier Division status.

The Occupation Road outfit travelled to Huntingdon last night (Wednesday) and are due to host Peterborough Northern Star this weekend.

Even if they claimed victory at Huntingdon, S&L would be bottom of the pile having played the same number of games as Harborough Town who are immediately above them.

Desborough, with a second-half strike from Mark Redding, earned a point from their trip to Boston Town last time out.

On Saturday, Ian Walker’s side travel to Holbeach.

Wellingborough Town lost 3-1 at Sleaford on Saturday – Reece Brown netting their consolation – and they make the trip to AFC Kempston.

In Division One, Rothwell Corinthians go to Irchester, Thrapston host Northampton Spencer, Rushden & Higham make the trip to Bourne and Burton Park Wanderers visit Raunds.

Whitworth are without a game.