Don’t get complacent, warns Diamonds boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

Andy Peaks has warned his AFC Rushden & Diamonds that there is “no room for complacency” ahead of their home clash with Fleet Town tonight (Tuesday).

Diamonds will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten record in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central at the Dog & Duck where a win will be good enough to send them into the top three.

Fleet have failed to win in four attempts on the road so far this season but Peaks is taking nothing for granted as Diamonds seek another positive result to give them the momentum ahead of the FA Cup fourth qualifying round showdown at Barwell on Saturday.

“It’s really important that we get the three points,” the Diamonds boss said.

“A win will put us into the top three and leave us in a really good position and anything less than three points will be disappointing from my point of view.

“Fleet haven’t had a great start and they have struggled away from home but I am not fooled by that, they will come here and have a go at us.

“There is no room for complacency from any of our players.

“Those who are eligible for the FA Cup at the weekend will be desperate to play and if they produce the result we want tonight then they will stand a good chance of keeping the shirt.”

One man who is not eligible for the weekend is recent signing Andy Hall, who made an immediate impact at the weekend.

The winger, who joined from Stamford last week, earned the man-of-the-match award despite being on the pitch for only 20 minutes as he set up both of Tom Lorraine’s goals, which put Diamonds 3-1 up before they went on to beat Potters Bar Town 3-2.

And that display seems to have put Hall firmly in contention for his first start this evening.

Peaks added: “There’s a good chance that could happen.

“He gave us a couple of good crosses on Saturday and we know his delivery will always be good.

“He was a player I had wanted for a little while and I was delighted with the way he performed on Saturday. He has set his own standard.

“We do have a couple of knocks that we need to check up on. I won’t be unnecessarily risking anyone because I don’t have to.”