Peaks wants 'more of the same' from Diamonds

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-1 victory over St Ives Town in the FA Trophy last weekend. Picture by Alison Bagley
Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 2-1 victory over St Ives Town in the FA Trophy last weekend. Picture by Alison Bagley

Andy Peaks is hoping for “more of the same” when AFC Rushden & Diamonds take on Rushall Olympic at Hayden Road tomorrow (Saturday).

Diamonds will be bidding to defend their impressive unbeaten home record in all competitions this season after extending that run to seven matches this season with a 2-1 victory over Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central rivals St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy last weekend.
Peaks’ team will also be looking to build on their current six-match unbeaten run in the league when they host Rushall.
But the Diamonds boss is prepared for another tough examination for his players.
“We are looking forward to it, it’s another home game and we have been going well over the last few weeks,” Peaks said.
“We just want more of the same really. Every game is difficult and there are no easy points gained at this level.
“Rushall have had a few good results recently and, speaking to some people from St Ives last weekend, they said they were the best team they have played after losing to them a couple of weeks ago.
“I am expecting another tough game but we just want to keep the momentum going.
“I am really pleased with what we have done so far.
“We are sitting in a good position and we have made progress in the FA Trophy so I am very happy at this stage.”
Diamonds have been in fine form since the 2-1 defeat at Royston in the middle of September.
The only blot on the copybook since then was the penalty shoot-out defeat at Kempston Rovers in the first round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.
Otherwise, it’s been an impressive spell for Diamonds and Peaks believes his team have improved in the right areas - more specifically, both penalty areas.
“It’s been a collective effort,” he added.
“I don’t think we have had any big standout performers but there is a good work ethic throughout the whole group.
“We have eradicated the mistakes we were making.
“I said after the loss at Royston that we needed to improve in both penalty areas and I think we have.
“We have certainly been more clinical in front of goal and I think that showed last weekend.
“We didn’t have many chances against St Ives, which I expected, but when they came we took them.”
Diamonds also have midweek action ahead of them as they take on ON Chenecks in the quarter-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Hayden Road next Tuesday night.