Peaks to field strong Diamonds line-up in Hillier Cup

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks

Andy Peaks says he wants AFC Rushden & Diamonds to win this season’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup.

The Diamonds boss is ready to field a strong line-up for tonight’s (Tuesday) quarter-final clash with ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side Desborough Town at the Dog & Duck.

Diamonds bounced back from their FA Cup exit with a fine 3-1 success at Barton Rovers at the weekend, which maintained their unbeaten record in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central and moved them back up to second place.

And Peaks now wants to “keep the momentum going” against Ar Tarn this evening before his team welcome league leaders Egham Town to the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

“The plan is to put out a strong team because it is a competition I want to win,” the Diamonds boss said.

“It’s important for us to keep the momentum going and I am someone who wants to win things.

“We have the league to concentrate on but this is the only cup competition we are left in and I want us to have a go at winning it.

“I have got a decent squad to choose from so there will be a couple of changes but it won’t be like the Red Insure Cup when we brought in some of the under-21 players.

“I am keen to put a strong team out there to try to win the game.”

Desborough boss Chris Bradshaw admits the outcome of tonight’s last-eight clash will be dependent on just how strong the Diamonds side is.

But he insists his team are ready for a “big test” as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Holbeach United.

“It is a big test for us but we are looking forward to it,” the Ar Tarn manager said.

“If they take it seriously and put out a strong side then it is going to be very hard for us.

“But if they take us lightly then we will be ready because we will go there with the intention of winning the game.

“I was disappointed with the result at the weekend but the performance pleased me.

“We went in at half-time at 1-1 and we should have been in front. But they had the better of things in the second half and took their chances, which is something we didn’t do.

“But the performance was good and I was standing there praising them following the game after having a bit of a go at them after we had beaten Sleaford the week before.

“It’s not always about the result and the boys could be pleased with what they did at Holbeach.”

In the UCL itself tonight, Rothwell Corinthians are back in action as they take on Northampton Spencer in the Premier Division at Sergeants Lawn.

In Division One, meanwhile, Raunds Town will look to bounce back from their FA Vase exit at the hands of Sleaford at the weekend when they play in-form Potton United at Kiln Park.

Irchester United also have home advantage as they take on St Neots Town Saints.