Diamonds boss Peaks happy to have a selection headache

Jason Turner hit a hat-trick for AFC Rushden & Diamonds in their 7-1 hammering of Burton Park Wanderers on Tuesday night
Jason Turner hit a hat-trick for AFC Rushden & Diamonds in their 7-1 hammering of Burton Park Wanderers on Tuesday night

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks reckons he’s got the problem every football manager wants.

Peaks says choosing his team for the home game with Sileby Rangers in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday) will take plenty of thought after a much-changed side romped to a midweek win at Burton Park Wanderers in the UCL Knockout Cup.

Jason Turner bagged a hat-trick for Diamonds and Russ Dunkley netted twice in the 7-1 thrashing.

“We made changes,” said Peaks.

“But it didn’t weaken us at all. The players we brought in are all capable of playing in the first team and they proved it.

“There’s a lot of competition for places here. People ask me if it’s a headache, but it’s not. It’s a headache when you don’t have enough good players, but I’ve got a lot of good players to choose from.

“We have lots of ability in the squad and we have to make sure we match our opponents for commitment and desire.

“Every team that plays us raises their game. It’s a cup final for them and they add 10 per cent to their game because of that.

“If Burton Park had beaten us that would been a great result for them and may even have been a turning point in their season.

“But we were really positive from the start, got them on the back foot early on and took our chances.

“We have to carry that form into the games we’ve got coming up. We haven’t really hit top form in a few of our league games this season.”

Diamonds are well placed as they prepare for the home clash with Sileby.

But Peaks said: “We’re not looking too far ahead or setting ourselves any targets.

“We’ve just got to get maximum points on Saturday, then move on.”

There is a big local derby in UCL Division One tomorrow as in-form Whitworth entertain Thrapston Town at London Road.

The Flourmen produced one of the best results of the season so far last weekend as they stunned leaders Lutterworth Athletic with a 7-0 drubbing.

And this wekeend’s clash is nicely poised with Thrapston remaining among the early high-fliers after a 0-0 draw with Raunds Town last time out.

The Shopmates could go top of the table if they beat Buckingham Town at Kiln Park and other results go their way on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Rushden & Higham host St Neots Saints and bottom side Stewarts & Lloyds take on Olney Town at Occupation Road.