Diamonds' run-in starts tonight

Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds team return to action with a home clash against Thame United tonight
Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds team return to action with a home clash against Thame United tonight

AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ run-in to the end of the Evo-Stik South League East season starts tonight (Tuesday) as they take on Thame United at Hayden Road.

Ten days have passed since Diamonds were last in action after the ‘Beast From The East’ decimated the local non-League football scene at the weekend.

And Andy Peaks’ men find themselves in an unusual position as they bid to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat they suffered at Egham Town last time out.

That loss ended a 17-match unbeaten run in the league but Diamonds can move five points clear at the top with a win this evening as they bid to secure one of the two automatic promotion places.

And Peaks is keen to see his team “kick on” in the busy weeks ahead.

“We have certainly had a little while to think about the defeat at Egham and discuss it,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We didn’t play particularly well but it’s always important not to overreact.

“We are not going to go overboard, it’s always about the next game and we will be looking to bounce back tonight, although it’s another tough game for us.

“There has been a lot of hard work done but we know there is still a lot to do, we have some very tough games to play.

“This is the run-in now. We have put ourselves in a good position and now we need to kick on.”