Chasetown will be a ‘bigger test’ for Diamonds

Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds are in for a big test when they face Chasetown in their first home game of the season tomorrow (Tuesday)
Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds are in for a big test when they face Chasetown in their first home game of the season tomorrow (Tuesday)

Andy Peaks knows AFC Rushden & Diamonds will need to pick themselves up for what he expects to be a “much bigger test” tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Diamonds suffered a disappointing start to life in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division at the weekend as a late goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle Town.

Peaks felt the result was “cruel” on his team but he is now hoping they can bounce back in the opening home game of the season when they take on Chasetown at the Dog & Duck.

“We have got to pick ourselves up and I am looking forward to it,” the Diamonds boss said.

“I am sure it will be a much bigger test than Saturday. They are a decent side who will have a good season, I am sure.

“For us, the key will be to take the chances we create, we didn’t do that at the weekend and it cost us.

“It was very disappointing, not necessarily the performance but the way we lost the game.

“It can be a cruel game sometimes and we found that out at the weekend.

“Now we have to make sure we bounce back.”