Don’t expect another seven-goal show, warns Diamonds boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks is in cautious mood ahead of the UCL Premier Division leaders' return fixture with Huntingdon this weekend
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks is in cautious mood ahead of the UCL Premier Division leaders' return fixture with Huntingdon this weekend

AFC Rushden & Diamonds fans have been told not to expect another seven-goal demolition at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).

Diamonds host Huntingdon Town and the formbook suggests the table-toppers will extend their unbeaten home record.

Diamonds clinched a sixth straight win in all competitions at Yaxley in midweek to reach the semi-finals of the UCL Knockout Cup, while Huntingdon have lost their last nine games.

Two weeks ago, the league leaders were 7-1 winners at Huntingdon, but boss Andy Peaks expects a “completely different game” when the sides meet again.

He said: “Being beaten at home like that is going to hurt any team. Huntingdon will want to get some respect back. They will want to put things right.

“They’ve got a new manager in now and I’m expecting a completely different game.

“They are going to be up 
for it, but as long as we do the right things, we should be fine.”

Diamonds stayed top last week with a last-gasp 2-1 win at Eynesbury Rovers, secured by a Matt Gearing penalty deep into injury-time.

Peaks said: “Eynesbury have a good home record and are one of the division’s form teams, so to go there and get the win was a good result.

“It’s another three points, but Wisbech won again, so they are still right on our tails.”

Wisbech, who host Oadby Town this weekend, are four points behind Diamonds with a game in hand and the sides clash at the Dog & Duck a week tomorrow.

Wellingborough Town joint-boss Joe Smyth wants the rest of his team to take the pressure off top scorer Jake Newman.

Newman tops the UCL Premier Division scoring charts with 21 goals but drew a blank against AFC Kempston Rovers in midweek.

The Doughboys failed to score for only the fourth time this season in the 2-0 defeat at the Dog & Duck.

That result made it back-to-back defeats following a loss at home to Thurnby Nirvana last weekend and they will look to get back on track at Boston Town tomorrow.

And Smyth says his team can’t just rely on Newman for goals at the DWB Stadium.

He said: “It’s very rare that we don’t score a goal but we can’t rely on Jake to find the target every week.

“The rest of the players have to chip in and help out as well.

“We need to get other players into goal scoring positions and we’ve been working on that in training.

“We do feel a bit hard done by in our last two games.

“We feel we’ve been playing well enough and are close to where we want to be. When we have a full team out, we are confident of our chances.”

Desborough Town look to pick themselves up from a dreadful defeat when they travel to third- placed Thurnby Nirvana tomorrow.

Ar Tarn had two players sent off in the 3-2 defeat at home to rock-bottom Long Buckby on Tuesday night.

For Long Buckby, it was only their third win in 30 league games this season and Desborough have now suffered back-to-back losses since they shocked Holbeach United at Waterworks Field.

The match at Thurnby also promises to be tough.

Nirvana have won their last four games – and scored 13 goals – to lift themselves up to third behind Diamonds and Wisbech.