So far, so good as Diamonds bid for third league win in a week

Andy Peaks is seeking a third league win in a row for AFC Rushden & Diamonds tomorrow
Andy Peaks is seeking a third league win in a row for AFC Rushden & Diamonds tomorrow

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are on course to hit the target Andy Peaks set for them a week ago.

Having enjoyed some exploits in the FA Cup and FA Trophy Diamonds made a welcome return to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South action last Saturday.

And, despite going a goal down and having Rory Winters sent off, they hit back to beat Sheffield FC 2-1 at the Dog & Duck thanks to two goals from Nabil Shariff – the second of which was a late penalty.

And that was followed up by a clinical display in midweek as Nic Evangelinos, recent signing Lewis Wilson, Taylor Orosz and Liam Dolman found the net in a 4-1 success at Belper Town.

Their third game of the week comes against seventh-placed Basford United at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).

And Peaks, whose team have now shot up into 12th place and are unbeaten in seven league matches, is hoping his players can round a busy week off by making it maximum points from the three matches.

“Targeting maximum points from the three games was a tough ask but we have come through two of them, which is really pleasing,” the Diamonds boss said.

“The aim as always is just to get as many points as we can.

“We had a decent FA Cup run and then we won in the FA Trophy and while that is happening you look at the league table and we had dropped down a bit, even though we had the games in hand.

“So it has been important to pick up these results and, all of a sudden, we are in a much better position.

“We are in decent form and we are six points better off than we were this time last week.

“We are moving in the right direction.

“I believe the squad we have is capable of competing in this division and we are looking like a side who could be there or thereabouts at the right end of the table.”

Basford aren’t as unfamiliar to Diamonds as some teams in the division after they met in the FA Trophy last season.

Basford ran out 3-1 winners at the Dog & Duck that day and Peaks is expecting another tough examination, even though the visitors suffered a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield on Tuesday evening.

“We know a little bit about Basford, we played them in the FA Trophy last season and they will be well organised,” he added.

“I’m not going to read too much into their defeat on Tuesday because that can happen in midweek matches sometimes.

“It’s going to be a very tough game for us but I think it will be difficult for them as well.”

Diamonds, meanwhile, are holding their Community Day at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

Various attractions will be on offer during the afternoon, which will include the team’s clash against Basford United.

As part of the Community Day, fans going to the game will be welcome to ‘pay what they want’ to gain admission for the fixture.