Injuries are clearing as Diamonds target Trophy progress

AFC Rushden & Diamonds defender Rory Winters is available again after suspension
AFC Rushden & Diamonds defender Rory Winters is available again after suspension

Andy Peaks would love AFC Rushden & Diamonds to keep their Buildbase FA Trophy run going when they face Coalville Town at the Dog & Duck this weekend.

Peaks’ team head into the clash with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side having enjoyed a good last week in Division One South, which saw them claim seven points from three matches.

Now they are eyeing a scalp in knockout action and Peaks said: “It’s a game that we can look forward to because the pressure won’t be on us as much.

“I think we do go into it as underdogs because they are from a higher level.

“It may not be happening for them at the moment but they have good players.

“We are on a decent little run and there will be shocks somewhere so hopefully this will be one of them.

“I always enjoyed playing in the FA Trophy and I really hope we can keep the run going this season.”

Diamonds’ injury problems appear to be clearing as well with Richard Bunting and Lewis Leslie both returning to training this week while Joe Curtis, who has missed the whole of the season since joining in the summer, was on the bench for the 2-2 draw with Basford United last weekend.

It means Ross Oulton is the only long-term absentee at present as he recovers from a knee operation. Rory Winters is available again after serving a suspension, although Lewis Wilson is ruled out of tomorrow’s clash as he is cup-tied.

“We are ticking over very nicely now,” Peaks added.

“The injuries seem to be clearing up a bit, which is good and it means we should have a stronger squad for this weekend and going forward.

“Compared to four weeks ago, we are in decent shape.”