Diamonds still hope to add Spriggs to their squad

Courtney Herbert scores the opening goal during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-0 friendly success over Biggleswade Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Courtney Herbert scores the opening goal during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-0 friendly success over Biggleswade Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley

AFC Rushden & Diamonds hope to complete the signing of Steve Spriggs in the next few days.

Spriggs has been with the club during pre-season and boss Andy Peaks expects the ex-King’s Lynn player to put pen to paper next week.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate their first goal as they beat Biggleswade Town 2-0

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate their first goal as they beat Biggleswade Town 2-0

Peaks describes the 26-year-old, who’s also played professionally in Sweden, as “a player with a lot of quality.”

Defender Delroy Gordon did sign up following the 2-0 win over Biggleswade Town in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night.

And Peaks says he wants to have another look at trialists Harry May and Nabil Shariff before deciding whether he wants to bring them back to the club.

Both were at Nene Park before Diamonds folded and 23-year-old Shariff played in the Conference in 2010/11.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-0 success over Biggleswade Town

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-0 success over Biggleswade Town

He was with Belper Town last season and Peaks said: “Nabil lives in Milton Keynes, so it’s a bit of a trek for him.

“I was chatting to him about something else the other day, ended up talking about football and I thought we would have a look at him.

“It might happen, it might not. We will see what happens.”

Diamonds continue their pre-season preparations tomorrow (Saturday) when they welcome Wealdstone, from the Vanarama National League South, to the Dog & Duck.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-0 success over Biggleswade Town

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-0 success over Biggleswade Town

And that’s followed by their penultimate friendly when they take on Wellingborough Town on Tuesday night.

Peaks said he’s been “very pleased” with his side’s pre-season form following their 2-0 win over Biggleswade on Tuesday.

Summer signing Courtney Herbert gave Diamonds the lead within two minutes and Tom Lorraine doubled the lead shortly after the restart.

The referee ended the match prematurely after a challenge by Dan Quigley led to some angry confrontations that Peaks admitted “soured the night.”

But he added: “We played really well. We got off to a good start and went on from there. We controlled the game.

“I’m very pleased with the way it’s going.

“We’ve had some tough games and can take a lot of positives from our performances.”