Consistency is the key for Diamonds boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks took plenty of positives from his side’s first defeat of the season.

Diamonds were nudged out of the FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage by Ryman League Premier Division high-fliers Hendon last weekend.

And Peaks has asked for a repeat performance at second-placed Yaxley in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday.

Both sides go into the game looking for a fourth straight win in the league.

And Peaks said: “We showed at Hendon that we can compete with teams from a higher level and now it’s all about doing it every week.

“It’s easy to perform when you’re playing in the FA Cup in front of a big crowd and we have to maintain that in the league.

“We have to be consistent.

“We have been pretty good week in, week out.

“The players have been focused and know where we want to be. We have to just carry on doing what we’ve been doing.”

Desborough Town boss Ian Walker believes the crushing defeat to Wellingborough Town could be the turning point in his side’s season.

Ar Tarn have won all three games since a 4-2 humbling at home to the Doughboys and that run of results has lifted them up to fourth in the table going into Saturday’s trip to Cogenhoe United.

Walker said: “We had a disappointing evening against Wellingborough. We just didn’t turn up in the second half.

“We told the players a few home truths after the game and since then results have gone our way.

“We are playing some good football at times and there’s a real buzz around the place.

“It’s a massive game for us at Cogenhoe.

“They are a really good side who are strong in every department. It’s going to be tough there, but maybe this is a good time for us to go there. We go there with confidence.”

Wellingborough Town joint-boss Steve Herring has told his players they have to show more to compete with title favourites Holbeach at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

The Doughboys have won three out of four in the Premier Division since Joe Smyth and Herring took over.

But Holbeach have brought in several players from the Spalding team that were champions last season and Herring said: “We have to be better than we have been in our last three games to compete with them.

“We have been improving. The fitness is getting there and the players understand what we want from them.

“We’ve done well against the teams around us in the division and feel that we are getting there. But we know this is going to be an extremely difficult game.

“This is a massive test for us and will tell us where we are.”