Keep the goals coming, urges Diamonds boss Peaks

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

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks says it’s crucial his goal-crazy team keep hitting the target.

Diamonds head to Eynesbury Rovers tomorrow (Saturday) as the top scorers in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Last week’s 7-1 win at Huntingdon Town means Diamonds have now bagged 90 goals this season and have only failed to score twice in 30 league games.

Declan Rogers was the hat-trick hero at Huntingdon last week as Diamonds made it 19 points from the last 21.

But despite their good form, they’ve been unable to shake off Wisbech at the top of the table.

The Fenmen closed the gap at the top to just four points with a 3-2 victory at Yaxley midweek and Peaks admits goal difference could decide the title.

He said: “We’ve been very clinical in recent games and we’ve got to keep taking our chances.

“Goal difference could be worth an extra point at the end of the season.

“But whether we score 100 goals this season or not, I just want us to get out of this league.

“If we can do it by winning every game 1-0, that’s good enough for me. But if we keep improving our goal difference that could be important.”

Diamonds have bagged 16 goals in their last two away games – at Desborough Town and Huntingdon Town – and Peaks hopes his team’s noisy fans will follow them to Eynesbury.

He said: “We had great support at Huntingdon and they made themselves heard.

“We hope everyone keeps getting behind us in the last 10 games and make the away games we’ve got coming up feel like home games.”

Wellingborough Town joint-boss Joe Smyth believes the Dog & Duck is the place to be tomorrow as goals seem guaranteed when the Doughboys take on Thurnby Nirvana .

Smyth describes Thurnby as “the best attacking side I’ve seen all season” and the Doughboys’ last two games have produced 18 goals!

They fought out a 4-4 draw with Peterborough Northern Star last week and in Jake Newman, they have the division’s top scorer.

Smyth said: “We’ve had entertaining matches at the Dog & Duck this season. There have been lots of goals – unfortunately they’ve been going in at both ends!

“The supporters have been getting value for money and we would love to see more people at matches.”

The Doughboys came from 2-0 and 4-2 down to snatch a point last weekend.

And Smyth said: “Defensively, we had a bad day.

“Three of their goals were absolute gifts, but we can’t take anything away from the spirit the lads showed.

“We can’t ask for any more from them and they aren’t playing for money.

“I would think we have the smallest budget of any team in the league, so the lads are here because they want to be here.

“There are still things we need to work on, but we are definitely getting closer to where we want to be.”

Desborough Town’s midweek win over Holbeach United put a smile back on the face of everyone at Waterworks Field.

Ar Tarn’s season reached its nadir with a 9-0 defeat at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

And their response was a terrific victory over Holbeach thanks to goals from Liam Boath and Luke Cummins win over Holbeach on Tuesday night that sends them to Peterborough Northern Star tomorrow in good spirits.

Boss Ian Walker said: “The Diamonds match was horrible, absolutely horrible. We took a lot of flak and rightfully so.

“We tried to pick the players up in training, changed the system a bit and went on to beat a very good Holbeach team.

“The players showed a lot of character and under the circumstances, that has to be the best performance of the season.

“It was all down to the players and their hard work. The lads were brilliant and it’s given the whole place a lift.”