Coalville set to provide Diamonds with another stern test

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-1 draw at King's Lynn Town on Saturday. Andy Peaks' team are back in action against Coalville Town at Hayden Road tonight. Picture courtesy of HawkinsImages
Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 1-1 draw at King's Lynn Town on Saturday. Andy Peaks' team are back in action against Coalville Town at Hayden Road tonight. Picture courtesy of HawkinsImages

The tough tests keep coming for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they gear up to take on Coalville Town at Hayden Road tonight (Tuesday).

Diamonds go into the clash on the back of a four-match unbeaten run in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central, although they were stung by a late equaliser at King’s Lynn Town at the weekend after leading through Declan Rogers’ goal up until the fifth minute of stoppage-time.

Coalville have enjoyed an impressive campaign so far and sit in sixth place ahead of this evening’s game, although they suffered a 3-0 defeat at unbeaten Biggleswade Town on Saturday.

But Andy Peaks knows his team are in for another thorough examination tonight against opponents he has already seen first-hand.

“I have probably watched 12 games while out scouting this season and I think Coalville are the best team I have seen,” the Diamonds boss said.

“I have got a couple of reports on them as well and it all says the same thing.

“I know they had a bad result at the weekend but, having spoken to people, it’s clear the scoreline didn’t do the game justice.

“I think this is going to be a really difficult game, they are a huge threat particularly when they are attacking.

“But we have been going along quite nicely ourselves just recently.

“The big question for us is whether we can bounce back from that late setback on Saturday and put some more points on the board.”

Diamonds received a boost at the weekend with defender Jack Ashton returning to the squad following a knee injury.