Andy Peaks is hoping AFC Rushden & Diamonds can step things up as they get ready to take on Chasetown in their first home game of the new season.
Diamonds’ Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South campaign got under way with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Newcastle Town on Saturday.
A late goal was enough for the hosts after Peaks’ side had enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to convert their chances.
Diamonds return to the Dog & Duck tonight (Tuesday) to take on Chasetown and Peaks knows his team will need to be more “clinical” if they are to register their first points of the season.
“Obviously we will be hoping to win the game and get some points on the board, hopefully we will get a decent crowd in,” the Diamonds manager said.
“In general, we have been very strong at home over the last few years and we want to continue that.
“Chasetown have some good players and I am expecting a tough test but it’s up to us to step it up from Saturday.
“Since the weekend I have watched the game again and we didn’t do a lot wrong.
“We need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal and possibly a bit more creative because we dominated the game without really creating that many clear-cut chances.
“It doesn’t matter what level of football you are at, if you don’t take your opportunities there is always a chance you could get caught out.
“And we need to learn that if we can’t win a game then we must make sure we don’t lose.”
Peaks confirmed Jake Newman will miss tonight’s clash after the striker suffered an injury late in the first half on Saturday while there will be a late check on midfielder Ross Oulton, who was ruled out of the opening game with a hamstring problem.