Diamonds to go ‘back to basics’ for Leighton clash

AFC Rushden & Diamonds suffered a setback at the weekend as Beaconsfield SYCOB grabbed a late equaliser at the Dog & Duck. Picture by Alison Bagley
AFC Rushden & Diamonds suffered a setback at the weekend as Beaconsfield SYCOB grabbed a late equaliser at the Dog & Duck. Picture by Alison Bagley

Andy Peaks says AFC Rushden & Diamonds will go “back to basics” tonight (Tuesday) when they take on Leighton Town at the Dog & Duck.

Diamonds go into the clash having suffered a setback at the weekend when they conceded a late goal in the 1-1 home draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB.

Peaks’ side will move into second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central with a victory over second-from-bottom Leighton this evening.

But the manager is taking nothing for granted and knows his players will need to improve if they are to take advantage of one of their games in hand on the teams around them.

“I wasn’t overly happy by the end of the game on Saturday,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We need to take our chances and make sure we keep our concentration for the whole 90 minutes.

“We have to brush up our performance and a midweek game gives us a quick opportunity to put things right.

“Leighton have struggled but they have recently got a new manager and in their last two games they have only lost by the odd goal to a couple of top teams.

“They are working very hard for their new manager.

“So we have to go back to basics. We have to match their work-rate and desire and if we do that then hopefully our quality will come through.”

A further bucket collection towards the cost of Diamonds defender Jack Ashton’s recent knee operation will be held ahead of tonight’s match.

One held at the weekend raised £525 to bring the overall total to £1,016 after an online appeal saw £491 contributed.