Diamonds have 'set the bar' as Northwood clash awaits

Andy Peaks believes his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players 'set the bar' on Tuesday night. Picture by Peter Short
Andy Peaks believes his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players 'set the bar' on Tuesday night. Picture by Peter Short

Andy Peaks felt his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players “set the bar” with their midweek derby success over Kettering Town.

Two goals from Joel Gyasi and one from Ben Diamond gave Peaks’ side the edge over their local rivals as they booked a place in the third round of the BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup in front of over 600 fans at Hayden Road.

The focus is now back on the Evo-Stik South League East campaign, which resumes with a home clash with Northwood tomorrow (Saturday).

Diamonds moved up to third place after a 4-1 success at Uxbridge last weekend and Peaks is hoping they can continue their recent good form.

The Diamonds boss said: “The Kettering game we perhaps didn’t want because we have got a bit of momentum and it was always going to be a tough game because they have a lot of good players, who are doing very well in the league above us.

“It was important we got something out of it whether it was a performance or a result and I think got both.

“It was very pleasing and it sets us up for tomorrow, which will be a completely different proposition against a team in our league who are doing okay.

“The bar was set by some of the boys on Tuesday and that’s the standard I want week in, week out.”

Peaks chose to rest experienced pair Liam Dolman and Richard Bunting in midweek while Claudiu Hoban also missed out due to illness.

But he was pleased to see those who came in perform well.

“Liam is particularly sore with his groin and Bunts has had a bit of a bad cold and bad neck,” Peaks added.

“They both played through the pain barrier for me last weekend and they were excellent.

“I know what I get from them and I hoping they will both be available for the weekend.

“We have got competition for places and it was nice to mix it up a bit on Tuesday.”