Peaks: Diamonds must keep believing

Liam Dolman will have his calf injury assessed ahead of AFC Rushden & Diamonds' clash with Aylesbury United
Liam Dolman will have his calf injury assessed ahead of AFC Rushden & Diamonds' clash with Aylesbury United

Andy Peaks has urged his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players to “keep believing” as their search for a first win of the season continues at the Dog & Duck tonight (Tuesday).

The Diamonds boss was unable to hide his frustration after Diamonds conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ware.

That made it three draws from as many matches in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division Central as Diamonds again allowed the game to slip from a winning position.

Peaks feels his team are discovering the difference between this level and the UCL Premier Division the hard way.

But he insists they will be aiming to get the first win on the board when they host Aylesbury United this evening.

“The key thing for us is to make sure we stay focused right up until the final whistle,” the Diamonds boss said.

“And if we get in front, we need to try to get further ahead if we get the chances.

“You can see the difference having come up a level. There may have been times last season where we scored one and then another and the opposition caved in.

“That isn’t happening in this league, teams are more organised and if they get an opportunity they will take it.

“Overall, I think we have been pretty good. We aren’t a million miles away but it is just frustrating that we have been leading late on in the last two games and not picked up the points we should have done.

“All we can do is keep going and keep believing. I feel our squad is strong enough to go and win games and now we must go and do it.”

Diamonds will again assess the fitness of central defender Liam Dolman as he continues his recovery from a calf injury while frontman Courtney Herbert also missed out at Ware.

Peaks added: “We will have another look at Liam ahead of the game.

“He is such an important player for us and I am loathed to bring him back quicker than we need to, only to lose him for a longer spell.

“Jack (Ashton) and Delroy (Gordon) have done very well in there for us but Liam adds something else, especially with his distribution.

“Courtney also missed out at the weekend and we will check up on him.

“He has been very good for the past few weeks but he was a bit sore on Saturday so we chose not to risk him.”