Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds face their biggest test of the season so far when they head to King’s Lynn Town this weekend.
The Linnets were among the favourites for the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central title at the start of the season after missing out on promotion in the play-off final at Step 3 at the end of the last campaign.
But they endured a stuttering start to the new season and currently sit just below Diamonds in mid-table.
However, there are signs that their campaign is now clicking into gear after they claimed a big 5-1 victory at Leiston on Tuesday night.
Diamonds are unbeaten in their last three league matches after they drew 1-1 with Barwell at Hayden Road last weekend.
And boss Peaks insists this is a game he and his team are looking forward to.
“King’s Lynn and Kettering were and are the favourites for the title for a reason,” the Diamonds boss said.
“For whatever reason, it didn’t quite happen for King’s Lynn early in the season but they are picking up and this is our toughest test of the season so far.
“It is a proper football club that has been at a good level and it’s a good game for us, it’s matches like this that are the reason why we wanted to be at this level.
“We are sitting pretty comfortably and there isn’t as much pressure on us this season as there has been before.
“It’s not quite a free hit for us but the expectation will be on King’s Lynn and not us.
“They are coming off the back of a fantastic win on Tuesday night and they will be buoyant.
“So it will be important for us to start the game well.
“But we are doing okay ourselves, we are on a nice little run and this is a game we are all looking forward to.”
Peaks confirmed Diamonds have no fresh injuries ahead of the clash in Norfolk with defender Jack Ashton still on the sidelines with a knee problem.