'Massive test' ahead as Diamonds bid to bounce back

Andy Peaks knows it will be a 'massive test' for his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players when they head to Hitchin Town tomorrow (Saturday).

Thursday, 3rd January 2019, 10:39 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:37 am
Andy Peaks is keen to see AFC Rushden & Diamonds bounce back when they head to Hitchin Town this weekend. Picture by Peter Short

Diamonds will be looking to bounce back after they suffered late heartbreak in the 2-1 defeat at local rivals Kettering Town on New Year’s Day.

The loss saw Peaks’ team slip out of the top five in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division Central.

But the Diamonds boss believes his team’s performances in games against the clubs towards the top of the league bode well for the future.

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And he insists his team will “stick together” as they bid to hit back.

“We have now been to King’s Lynn, Stourbridge and Kettering and given all three of them a really good game so that shows how far we have come,” Peaks said.

“I was delighted with last year and I am disappointed at the start of this one but I am sure there’s more to come.

“It will be a massive test for us tomorrow after New Year’s Day and what they would have taken out of the boys.

“We will stick together as a group. We have lads who want to play together, which takes you a long way.

“We will embrace that and look forward to Hitchin.”