Consolidation is now the aim for Diamonds boss Peaks

Captain Richard Bunting should be back in contention in a boost for Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad this weekend after serving a one-match ban
Captain Richard Bunting should be back in contention in a boost for Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad this weekend after serving a one-match ban

Andy Peaks wants to see AFC Rushden & Diamonds consolidate their place at the top of the Evo-Stik South League East.

Diamonds made it six wins and four clean sheets in a row as Tom Lorraine’s brace earned them a 2-0 success at Aylesbury United on Wednesday night.

They are back on the road again this weekend with Aylesbury FC the opponents.

Peaks’ side moved three points clear at the summit in midweek but the manager knows they will be in for another tricky test tomorrow (Saturday).

Peaks said: “It’s another tough one, we will have to earn the right.

“Aylesbury probably aren’t as high up the table as they would like to be but they have had wins over a couple of teams at the top end.

“They have a big result in their locker and that is something I am mindful of.

“But for us, it’s a case of just trying to continue the good form. We are where we are and now we have to try to consolidate it.

“It will be a tough game but if we prepare like we have done and perform like we have been then we will be in with a good chance.”

Peaks, meanwhile, is set to have a full-strength squad to choose from tomorrow.

Ben Diamond should return after missing Wednesday’s win because of illness, Richard Bunting is available after serving a one-match ban and Jack Ashton is also now in contention after continuing his comeback from injury with some match-time at United Counties League Premier Division side Daventry Town.

“Ben should be fine for tomorrow, he was feeling better yesterday and it will be good to have him back because he has been very good for us,” the Diamonds boss added.

“Bunts (Bunting) has served his one-match ban so he will be back in contention and we have Jack Ashton knocking on the door after having a couple of good 90 minutes for Daventry.

“The squad is strong and there are plenty of options, which is great for me.”