AFC Rushden & Diamonds turn their attention from league to FA Cup this weekend confident of making their mark on the competition.
After opening their Ev0-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign with three consecutive draws, thet have sparked into life over the last week with back-to-back wins.
A 2-1 success against Aylesbury United last Tuesday was followed up by a 3-1 win against Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.
So, in possession of an unbeaten start to their season, Andy Peaks and his men approach their trip to Kings Langley in fine fettle.
And the Diamonds hopes to make a mark well beyond this preliminary round encounter.
“It’s a massive competition and one I always wanted to do well in as a player and now as a manager,” Peaks stated.
“We’re settling in to our new league well but this is a nice distraction and you always want to be involved in the FA Cup.
“Ideally we would have been drawn against a side from a different league just for something different.
“But, having said that, I’ve never been there before.
“It’s not like in the UCL where we have played the same sides year after year.
“We’re going to some different places this season and this will another tough one.
“We’re certainly not looking beyond this match.
“The chairman asked me if I had seen the draw for the next round (where a potential clash with Bedfont & Feltham or AFC Hayes awaits) and I told him in all honesty I hadn’t.
“We’ve had Kings Langley watched a couple of times and know we will be in for a tough game.”
Peaks does admit he is pleased with the way life has started for his team in the Southern League.
Having won the UCL last season, his men have drawn three and won two from their first five games.
“A week ago I said I was probably a little frustrated we hadn’t picked up any maximums,” Peaks added.
“But now we’ve won two on the bounce and we’ve been competitive in all five games.
“You can’t judge anything yet, though. I don’t think we have but we might have played the worst five teams in the league.
“We’ll see where we are after about 12 games and then I’ll have more idea of how we’re doing.”
Also in FA Cup action this weekend are Thrapston Town and Raunds Town.
Thrapston travel the short distance to Southern League Division One Central side Bedford Town for their clash on Saturday.
The Shopmates are in action a day later when they make a longer journey to the southern tip of Buckinghamshire to take on Beaconsfield SYCOB.