Diamonds turn their attention back to the league

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

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks wants to put the thought of cup football to one side.

Peaks’ men eased into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 replay victory at Bedford Town on Tuesday evening and have been handed a trip to Hendon a week on Saturday in the next stage.

But it’s back to the bread and butter of league football this weekend in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division with a trip to Harrowby.

And having only played two league matches so far, both of which resulted in victories, Peaks wants that record to be maintained.

He said: “Of course the cups are important and especially from the financial angle.

“But first and foremost, we need league points because we’re already a couple of games behind other sides and we don’t want to be playing catch-up.

“I watched Harrowby play a couple of weeks ago and they’re a bright side who work very hard.

“It’ll be another tough one for us and we need to make sure that we’re switched on like we were at Bedford.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Wellingborough Town are on the road at Sleaford.

The Doughboys collected their first win of the season and their first under the new management team of Joe Smyth and Steve Herring at Desborough in midweek.

As for Ar Tarn, they host Boston Town at Waterworks Field.

In Division One, Rushden & Higham entertain Rothwell Corinthians at Hayden Road and Stewarts & Lloyds travel to Buckingham.

A number of clubs compete in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase this weekend.

Raunds host Woodford United at Kiln Park, Thrapston travel to Crawley Green (tonight, Friday), Burton Park Wanderers host Buckingham Athletic at Latimer Park and Northampton Spencer entertain Whitworth at Kingsthorpe Mill.