Full focus on Lowestoft for AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Andy Burgess insists AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be “focused and prepared” as they gear up for another crucial clash in their bid to secure a Southern League Premier Central play-off spot.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their play-off push with a 1-0 win over Hednesford Town last weekend and visit Lowestoft Town tomorrow. Picture courtesy of Hawkins Images
AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their play-off push with a 1-0 win over Hednesford Town last weekend and visit Lowestoft Town tomorrow. Picture courtesy of Hawkins Images

Rushden & Diamonds legend Burgess was appointed as the phoenix club’s new interim manager on Thursday last week following the departure of previous boss Andy Peaks.

Burgess was on the touchline for last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Hednesford Town, courtesy of captain Alex Collard’s second-half header, before the midweek trip to Biggleswade Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Diamonds remain in fifth place ahead of a clash at relegation-threatened Lowestoft Town tomorrow (Saturday).

And Burgess admits his team must be wary of a side scrapping for points at the bottom end of the table.

“They are down there and trying to get everything they possibly can,” he said.

“These are really difficult games because everyone from outside of the dressing-room goes into it expecting us to win but you have got another dressing-room full of people doing everything they can to try to get three points.

“Every game is tough and we are going to their patch. We have to go there and make sure we don’t make any excuses and make sure we are focused and prepared, which we will be.

“We should be full of confidence and belief because we are four unbeaten now.

“For me, yes, it’s about us playing with the right attitude and mentality because if we outwork them, outfight them and we do all the non-negotiables then I think we have better players and if that’s the case, then we should win the game.”