Peaks urges focus from Diamonds

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

Andy Peaks has urged his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players to “stay focused” as they bid to return to winning ways tonight (Tuesday).

Diamonds head into the home clash with Uxbridge on the back of two defeats in a row, which have seen their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik South League East cut to two points.

But they can move clear again in the race for the two automatic promotion places with a win at Hayden Road this evening before they head to Beaconsfield Town for a top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday.

Diamonds suffered a 1-0 loss to Hayes & Yeading United a week ago and were beaten again, 2-1 at Hartley Wintney, at the weekend.

And boss Peaks said: “This is the most important game of the season because it’s the next one.

“Uxbridge are sitting in mid-table but they will come here and give it that bit more and they will be smelling blood because we have lost the last two games.

“Obviously, we need to try to bounce back.

“We have to stay focused and stay positive and I have every faith in the players that we can get ourselves back on track.”

Diamonds are set to be without Jack Ashton again tonight as he nurses a hamstring injury while Ben Diamond is still struggling with a groin problem.

“Jack is probably looking at another couple of weeks because he tweaked his hamstring and Ben has been receiving more treatment on his groin,” Peaks added.

“They are two key players but we have got a big enough squad to cope without them.”