Fan power can help Diamonds in title bid, says Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks says it’s vital fans get behind his team in the promotion run-in.

Last week’s 1-1 draw at second-placed Holbeach leaves the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title race in the balance.

Diamonds are eight points clear but Holbeach have four games in hand going into this weekend’s fixtures.

Diamonds start a run of five away games in their next six at Sileby Rangers tomorrow (Saturday) and Peaks believes his side’s supporters have a crucial role to play in the coming weeks.

He said: “We have a good following and they really need to get behind us between now and the end of the season.

“We need to keep everyone pulling in the same direction.

“The lads love to hear the fans singing and getting behind them. It really gives them a lift.

“We always think of our supporters as our 12th man and we hope they makes themselves heard in the next few games.

“They can definitely make a difference.”

Peaks reckons his side could be hitting form as just the right time.

He added: “This is the part of the season when things are decided and we’re unbeaten in three games.

“So hopefully we’re going to put a bit of a run together now in the last 12 games.”

Peaks confirmed Scott Joseph is set to be fit for this weekend after being unwell despite taking a place on the bench at Holbeach while both Richard Bunting and Tom Lorraine are nearing returns from injury.

Desborough Town head to third-placed Yaxley tomorrow believing they are a match for the top sides in the Premier Division.

Ar Tarn follow the visit to Yaxley with trips to Wellingborough Town and Boston Town and boss Ian Walker believes that if his side keep playing the way they did last week, they can pick up points on their travels.

They grabbed a 1-1 draw against promotion hopefuls Peterborough Northern Star at Waterworks Field thanks to Luke Cummins’ late equaliser and Walker described that as ‘a great point against a very decent side’.

He said: “The lads worked hard for their point. It was a very honest performance.

“We matched them throughout the game and could even have nicked it at the end.

“We’ve shown this season that we can compete with the top sides but too often we’ve followed a good result with a home defeat against a side below us in the table.

“We just haven’t been consistent enough and that’s why we are where we are in the table.”

Wellingborough Town bosses Steve Herring and Joe Smyth face “a massive job” following their crushing midweek defeat at AFC Kempston.

The 6-0 loss on Tuesday night followed an encouraging 2-2 draw against in-form Deeping Rangers.

The Doughboys head to Huntingdon Town this weekend and Herring admitted: “We feel we have a massive job to do.

“We felt we had turned the corner and that result was a big setback. We may need to bring in a couple of new faces just to give everyone a lift.

“Kempston are a good side and they took their chances.

“I don’t want to give excuses, but we did well to put 11 players out and knew we were up against it from the start.

“It’s deflating when you go on to the pitch feeling that.

“The players we did have out there put in a great shift.

“But we just didn’t do ourselves justice and we need an improved performance at Huntingdon.”