Table-topping Diamonds must have the right 'mentality'

AFC Rushden & Diamonds' players celebrate their first goal during last weekend's 2-0 victory over Hartley Wintney. They are back in action at Aylesbury United tonight
AFC Rushden & Diamonds' players celebrate their first goal during last weekend's 2-0 victory over Hartley Wintney. They are back in action at Aylesbury United tonight

Andy Peaks knows his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players must have the right “mentality” as they bid to make it six wins in a row in the Evo-Stik South League East tonight (Wednesday).

Diamonds head to struggling Aylesbury United knowing another victory will see them open up a three-point gap at the top of the table.

Peaks’ team picked up their fifth successive win and fourth clean sheet in a row as they beat Hartley Wintney 2-0 at the weekend.

The leaders will be highly-fancied to extend their record this evening but Peaks is staying cautious.

The hosts will be led by caretaker-boss Ben Williams tonight after previous manager Glyn Creaser left the club following their 6-1 home loss to Cambridge City on Saturday.

But Peaks is only concerned with his own team and he is hoping they will show the same attitude which has helped them pick up 19 points from the last seven league games to catapult them to the summit.

“We have shown a brilliant attitude in the last few games but especially in the last week against some teams who have been in and around us,” Peaks said.

“But this game represents a different challenge for us. It will all be about the mental attitude of the players.

“It doesn’t matter where you go in midweek, it’s always difficult because people have been at work and it is a question of making sure the mentality is right and making sure we start the game well.

“Aylesbury have had a change in manager, they have a caretaker in charge and that may well have a positive effect on them.

“But I am delighted with where we are. It’s been a really good start to the season and we have hit the front at a good time.

“Now it’s a case of trying to consolidate and I want us to try to pick up more points and put some pressure on the teams below us.

“It won’t be easy tonight but if we show the same qualities we have done in recent weeks by having a good work-rate, maintaining our belief and keeping the ball well then I think we will give ourselves a good chance of getting another positive result.”

Diamonds will be without skipper Richard Bunting, who is suspended although he was also withdrawn just before half-time at the weekend due to a calf injury.