Andy Peaks says last week’s backs-to-the-wall heroics at Wisbech Town have given his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side a massive boost going into this weekend’s revenge mission at the Dog & Duck.
Diamonds claimed a 3-1 victory over the Fenmen – despite ending the match with only eight players.
Richard Bunting, Sam Brown and Russ Dunkley were all dismissed but Diamonds held on and still lead the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division by three points ahead of third-placed Yaxley’s visit tomorrow (Saturday).
Yaxley are the only team to beat Diamonds in the league so this season, they were 2-1 winners when the sides met in September, and Peaks reports the mood is understandably buoyant among his squad heading into the return fixture.
“To come through that match at Wisbech with three points was a massive lift for us,” said Peaks.
“I’ve never known a game where one team has ended up with eight players and beat a good side as well.
“That has set the standard now. That performance epitomised everything we want to see from this team in terms of spirit and desire”
Looking ahead to the visit of Yaxley, Peaks said: “We owe them one, they are the only team to beat us this season and that’s another massive motivation for us.
“We didn’t defend very well at Yaxley and we missed chances.
“We have to be more clinical in front of goal on Saturday and defend with the same spirit and desire we showed at Wisbech.”
Ian Walker believes things may be starting to turn in Desborough Town’s favour as they prepare to take on Harrowby United at the Waterworks Field tomorrow.
Ar Tarn battled back from 2-0 down to eventually claim a fine 4-3 success at Oadby Town last Friday night before producing an excellent display when being edged out 2-1 by Corby Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Wednesday night.
That win followed on from a 2-2 draw with Cogenhoe United and Walker now wants his team to build on the mini run.
He said: “I had one of those moments at Oadby when we went 2-0 down early on when I was asking myself why on earth we are involved in football, we are supposed to enjoy it!
“But we showed a lot of quality and character to get back into it and it was a great night for us in the end. It feels like it is starting to turn for us.
“We need to tighten things up at the back but we want to keep this little run going.
“I am not suggesting it will be easy against Harrowby because it won’t be. But as long as we keep creating chances, we will be a threat.”
Alfie Taylor is back at Wellingborough Town and in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Deeping Rangers on Saturday.
The striker has joined the Doughboys after being released by Kettering Town last week.
And Wellingborough joint-boss Steve Herring said: “Alfie is a great addition to the squad.
“He’s here until the end of the season – unless a team from a higher league comes in for him between now and then.”
The Doughboys also welcome back Michael Cirelli from suspension as they look to end an up-and-down week on a high.
Last weekend, they were beaten 1-0 at home by strugglers Harborough Town but then produced what Herring called “possibly the best performance since we’ve been here” to take Cogenhoe United to a penalty shoot-out in the NFA Hillier Cup on Tuesday before bowing out.
But Herring knows they now need to turn performances into points when they head to Deeping.
“We don’t want to get pulled down towards the bottom sides,” he added.
“The way we’ve been playing, we thought the Harborough match was an opportunity to pull away.
“We should have won the game, but didn’t take our chances and got hit by a late sucker punch.”