Diamonds in the hunt ahead of a crucial week

Andy Peaks and his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side have an important week ahead
Andy Peaks and his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side have an important week ahead
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Andy Peaks knows AFC Rushden & Diamonds have a crucial few days coming up.

Diamonds continued their march up the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division table with a 5-0 thrashing of Desborough Town on Tuesday.

That was a fourth successive home victory for Peaks’ side in which they have plundered 18 goals while conceding just two.

Three more games at the Dog & Duck come in the next week with a clash against Thurnby Nirvana tomorrow (Saturday) being followed by the visit of AFC Kempston Rovers next Tuesday night.

The important seven days culminates in a showdown with current leaders and title favourites Holbeach United next weekend.

But Peaks isn’t getting ahead of himself and knows that picking up the points from every game is the most important thing as his team look to mount the title challenge that most are expecting of them.

“We are playing very well in patches,” the Diamonds boss said.

“There have been times where we haven’t been as good but we are still keeping things solid and that is the most important thing.

“But we do have these spells, like we did on Tuesday, where we are being very clinical in front of goal.

“We do have another important week in front of us and I know some will already be looking ahead to that game with Holbeach.

“But Thurnby are scoring a lot of goals like we are at the moment so it won’t be easy on Saturday and Kempston haven’t done badly either.

“We want to be playing these big games though and we just have to try to keep the form we are in going.”

Ian Walker is keen for Desborough Town to “play their way” out of their poor form of late.

Ar Tarn have lost their last four matches in the Premier Division and were 2-0 up at Newport Pagnell last weekend before losing 3-2. That was followed by a 5-0 defeat at high-flying AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday night.

A trip to Sleaford Town is on the agenda for this weekend.

And Walker knows his team needs to start picking points up again soon if they are to avoid being sucked into the lower reaches of the table.

“We are having a tough time of it,” he admitted.

“We have had a few injuries that haven’t helped but I’m not going to make excuses.

“It’s was disappointing on Tuesday because we put a good shift in for 45 minutes but Diamonds stepped it up after the break.

“There are almost three leagues within one. The top teams will pull away and beat everyone else and we want to be playing in the second of the leagues really.

“But we know that unless we start picking up points again, then the teams below us will start catching us up.

“Sleaford is one of those games that should be more evenly matched.

“It is still a very tough game but we have to play our way out of this run we have got into.”

Wellingborough Town are in for another tough test this weekend when they make the trip to take on Wisbech Town.

And the Doughboys will be attempting to arrest their recent slide that has seen them go four Premier Division matches without a victory.

Their most recent setback came in midweek when they were beaten 4-2 at Oadby Town, who recorded their first victory of the campaign.

The Doughboys will have their work cut out this Saturday as they head to a Wisbech side who sit in ninth place in the table and who will be keen to defend 
their unbeaten home record.