Fan power can play a key role in Diamonds’ push

Liam Dolman heads home AFC Rushden & Diamonds' winning goal in Saturday's success over Hanwell Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Liam Dolman heads home AFC Rushden & Diamonds' winning goal in Saturday's success over Hanwell Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley

AFC Rushden & Diamonds take on Barton Rovers in their penultimate home game of the season tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

And boss Andy Peaks is hoping the Diamonds fans will turn out in force as his team bids to strengthen their grip on a play-off place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

The Diamonds players celebrate after Liam Dolman's goal

The Diamonds players celebrate after Liam Dolman's goal

Liam Dolman headed the only goal of the game as Diamonds beat Hanwell Town 1-0 at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

That result moved them three points clear of sixth-placed Chalfont St Peter and another win tomorrow night will move them to within touching distance of wrapping up a top-five finish.

Diamonds have made the fixture ‘pay what you want’ for fans.

And Peaks said: “It’s another massive game.

Goalmouth action from Diamonds' victory over Hanwell at the Dog & Duck

Goalmouth action from Diamonds' victory over Hanwell at the Dog & Duck

“We are back in the areas we want to be in but it will be another hard game.

“I have seen Barton a few times when I have been watching other teams and we will be in for a test against them.

“Hopefully the fans will get behind us as they did on Saturday. That was nice for the players to have their full support.

“I know the club have made it a ‘pay what you want’ fixture and I hope that means a few more will come along and show their support.

“I have said all along that if we are going to get to where we want to be we have to stick together and that’s so important at this stage of the season.

“We will be looking for another positive result to keep us in the mix.”