Diamonds boss Peaks expecting one of the toughest so far

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

Top-of-the-table AFC Rushden & Diamonds face Wisbech Town in what boss Andy Peaks describes as “one of our toughest games of the season” this weekend.

They’ve climbed up to seventh place in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division by taking 19 points from the last 21 available.

And Peaks has done his homework on them.

He had Wisbech watched at Harborough Town last week where they extended their winning run with a 4-0 victory.

At the same time, Diamonds moved three points clear at the top thanks to a 2-0 success at Sleaford Town.

And manager Peaks said: “Wisbech are a good side who are playing well and it’s going to be one of our toughest games of the season.

“We’ve got to go there, be hard to beat and take our chances when they come.”

The match at Wisbech kick-starts what Peaks, who fielded a much-changed side for Tuesday’s 4-3 NFA Hillier Senior Cup defeat to Brackley Town, describes as “a big couple of weeks” for his team.

Seven days later, Yaxley, the only team to beat Diamonds in the league this season, are the visitors to the Dog & Duck and that’s followed by a trip to Cogenhoe United.

Peaks said: “It’s a more competitive league this season. Everyone seems to be taking points off everyone else.

“But we’re not thinking about what anyone else is doing. We’re just trying to pick up as many points as we can.”

Wellingborough Town joint-boss Joe Smyth is hoping his team can take advantage of a run of home games.

The Doughboys take on Harborough Town at the Dog & Duck tomorrow after ending a run of six games without a win with a 4-2 success over Newport Pagnell last weekend.

Skipper Joe Richards is back in contention this weekend after being unavailable for the Newport Pagnell match and Smyth is hopeful that result will be the turning point in his side’s season.

The Doughboys lost all four away games last month and Smyth said: “In this division, every game is tough and it’s even tougher when you are trying to put a team together and every game is away from home.

“We have a run of home games coming up now – but we still have to go out there and earn every single point.”

Desborough Town head to Oadby Town tonight (Friday) night with confidence restored after their best result of the season.

Ar Tarn put back-to-back home defeats behind them to hold sixth-placed Cogenhoe to a 2-2 draw.

Jack Bettles was the two-goal hero and has now scored three times since making the switch from Harborough Town.

Boss Ian Walker said: “That result against Cogenhoe was coming.

“We’ve been working very hard in training to lift the mood and I could see the performances were improving.”

Walker also expects an improvement from Oadby, who have recently appointed Lee Harriman as their new manager. Walker said: “Lee is bound to bring several new faces in and we don’t know what we are going to face there tomorrow.”

Ar Tarn are currently 11th in the table, but Walker admits he’s still looking over his shoulder.

He said: “The teams below us have games in hand and we have to increase the gap between them and us.

“We don’t want them to give them any chance of catching us up.”