It’s all about momentum for Diamonds boss Peaks

Andy Peaks is hoping AFC Rushden & Diamonds can maintain their momentum when they take on Stratford Town at Hayden Road tomorrow (Saturday).

Friday, 17th January 2020, 7:30 am
In-form AFC Rushden & Diamonds are chasing a fourth win in a row this weekend. Picture courtesy of HawkinsImages

Diamonds had been due to be back in action on Tuesday night but saw their home clash with Needham Market wiped out due to a waterlogged pitch.

But Peaks is now keen to get back into action this weekend as Diamonds bid to keep up their fine form of late.

They made it three wins in a row with a dramatic 3-2 success at Leiston last Saturday as late goals from Greg Kaziboni and Liam Dolman saw them fight back from 2-1 down to secure the points.

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The victory has thrown Peaks’ team right back into the play-off mix in the BetVictor Southern League Premier Central and he now wants his team to keep it going.

“Obviously it was disappointing not to play on Tuesday,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We are on the back of a great win at Leiston and we wanted to play again to try to keep the momentum going.

“But you can’t control the weather and now we are looking forward to the next one.

“Stratford did play and won (2-0 at Redditch United) in midweek so that will have given them a lift.

“But we are looking forward to the game and being back at home.

“It’s another game we will be looking to do well in but, as ever with this league, you have to make sure you are right on it every time.

“We are in good form but the last thing I want us to do now is waste the hard work we have put in over the last few weeks.

“We will give Stratford the respect they deserve and we will be looking for another three points.”

Peaks, meanwhile, looks set to have a, more or less, full-strength squad to choose from this weekend.

Jordan Macleod is expected to return with the only doubt being full-back Zack Reynolds who missed the win at Leiston due to injury.

Peaks added: “The squad is looking pretty strong at the moment, which is pleasing.

“Jordan was unavailable last weekend so he should come back into it and the only other one we need to check on is Zack.

“We also have young William Jones coming back into the frame.

“He broke into the first-team squad before Christmas but then had a hamstring injury. But he scored twice for the under-18s last weekend so he is another option for us.

“There is a winning mentality in the squad and when that’s the case, the bumps and bruises never hurt as much. From my point of view, it’s just nice to have plenty of options."