Diamonds face up to a huge top-of-the-table clash

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ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division table-toppers AFC Rushden & Diamonds are expecting their biggest crowd of the season when they welcome second-placed Holbeach United to the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).

Andy Peaks’ team moved to the summit on goal difference on Tuesday night with a 5-1 mauling of AFC Kempston Rovers.

The win ensured Diamonds’ brilliant home form, which has seen them win six in a row, continued and their next test comes against the title favourites.

Peaks said: “We always knew Holbeach were going to be up there challenging.

“They’ve got a lot of good players and a good management team in John Chand and Graham Drury.

“We respect Holbeach but if we want to get out of this league we have to take points off the top teams as well.

“But the league isn’t won or lost in October.

“We only get three points for winning on Saturday, the same we get for any other game.

“Holbeach were beaten 4-0 by Peterborough Northern Star last week.

“But good teams come back from defeats and anyway, three of the goals came in the closing minutes when they were chasing the game.”

Diamonds are now the team to chase after a run of seven straight wins powered them to the top of the table.

“A few people have said it’s too early to be top of the table,” said Peaks.

“But I think any time is a good time to be top of the table. It’s where you want to be.”

The tough games keep coming for Wellingborough Town.

Their fourth successive away game – and eighth from their last nine in the UCL Premier Division – takes them to third-placed Yaxley tomorrow.

And joint-boss Joe Smyth admitted: “It’s gruelling to keep going away from home.

“They are tough games as well. We are playing teams who are in form.

“Wisbech, Oadby and Thurnby Nirvana were all good teams who were playing well when we played them.

“We’ve only been here for a couple of months and we need to find a way of playing that suits us.

“But it’s hard to work on things when every game is a tough away game.”

The latest away game ended in a 3-1 defeat at Wisbech Town last weekend.

Jake Newman’s late penalty was just a consolation for the Doughboys.

“We’ve been quite happy with our performances,” said Smyth. “We’ve been scoring goals (seven in the last three games), but individual errors have cost us.

“We need to tighten up, not just at the back, but throughout the whole team.”

Desborough Town take on Deeping Rangers at the Waterworks Field tomorrow.

It has been a mixed week for Ar Tarn as they stopped the rot of four successive Premier Division defeats with a 2-2 draw at Sleaford Town last weekend.

Ar Tarn were unable to build on that in midweek, however, as they were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Thurnby Nirvana.

Desborough currently sit in 12th place in the table but have played more games than the majority of clubs around them.