Peaks keen for Diamonds to guard against complacency

Delroy Gordon is expected to be fit for AFC Rushden & Diamonds' trip to Godalming Town this weekend
Delroy Gordon is expected to be fit for AFC Rushden & Diamonds' trip to Godalming Town this weekend

Andy Peaks is keen to ensure his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side maintain a professional approach.

Peaks and his players were left kicking their heels last weekend after their top-of-the-table clash with Egham Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Dog & Duck.

Diamonds now sit in fifth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, two points behind new leaders St Ives Town, who took over at the top on Tuesday night.

Diamonds do have four games in hand on St Ives and at least three in hand on the vast majority of teams around them.

Just four points currently separate the top 10 in the tightest of divisions.

And while Peaks is delighted with where his team are at present – they are currently unbeaten in 11 league games and have won their last eight in a row – he wants to make sure they stay focused on the job at hand.

Diamonds head to struggling Godalming Town this weekend and Peaks said: “The league table still makes good reading but the reality is we haven’t played that many games.

“The top 10 are only separated by four points so it is very close up there.

“We have games in hand on the teams around us so it will be important to pick up points in those.

“I am really pleased with the position we are in but we can’t become complacent.

“It’s been a good start to the season but we must keep trying to push ourselves on.”

Godalming have found life hard so far this season as they currently sit in 17th place – just four points above the relegation zone.

It’s a far cry from the last campaign when they eventually finished eighth, albeit nine points adrift of the play-off places.

They go into the clash having lost six of their last eight league matches.

But Peaks has warned his players that will be in for a tough test.

“We have had a few reports on them, which we will take a look at,” he added.

“We will go there looking to pick up some more points but I am not expecting an easy game by any stretch.

“I think they believe they are a better team than some of the results they have had so I am wary of them.

“But the usual rule applies for us. If we play to our capabilities we will give anyone in this league a game.

“But if we aren’t quite at it, which was the situation when we played Desborough Town (Diamonds won the NFA Hillier Cup game on penalties after a 2-2 ) then it will become difficult.”

Peaks expects to have a full-strength squad to choose from for this Saturday with defenders Delroy Gordon and Sam Brown expected to shake off the knocks that made them doubtful for last weekend’s game.

Diamonds follow tomorrow’s trip up with another to Aylesbury United, who play at Thame United, next Wednesday night.