Peaks hopes fans will flock to see goal-crazy Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks hopes more fans will get behind his goal-crazy team.

Last week, Diamonds netted 15 times in wins over Burton Park Wanderers (7-1) in the League Cup and Sileby Rangers (8-1).

The demolition of Sileby keeps Diamonds in touch with the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division pacesetters ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) home clash with Oadby Town.

Diamonds have been cheered on by crowds of 400- plus this season and Peaks hopes his entertaining side will pull in more fans.

Peaks said: “There’s a lot of interest in the club, it’s run by good people and I would like to think we could get 750 people there for big games.

“I would definitely hope scoring eight goals at home might bring a few more people through the turnstiles.

“Financially it helps and we all want to be involved in matches in front of big crowds.”

Spearheading the title challenge is Jason Turner, who grabbed two hat-tricks last week.

And Peaks said: “I’ve known Jason for years and he’s always scored goals at this level and above.

“He broke his foot at the end of last season and wasn’t ready for the first few games, but now he’s showing what he can do.

“He has a lot of experience, puts himself about and is a great finisher. But everyone has played their part.

“We haven’t always scored the goals our performances have deserved this season and it was very pleasing to see it all come together last week.”

Wellingborough Town head to Thunrby Nirvana tomorrow with smiles on their faces again.

Last week, the Doughboys’ hearts were broken in the FA Vase as Harefield United snatched a 3-2 win from 2-1 down with goals in the last minute of both normal and extra-time.

Joint-boss Steve Herring admitted the experience was “deflating” but a much-needed 2-0 win over Sileby Rangers in the NFA Hillier Cup on Tuesday night has helped restore confidence.

Herring said: “We desperately needed that result. We needed to win and we needed a clean sheet as well.

“We’ve looked good going forward this season, but there have been too many lapses at the back. We’ve let in too many sloppy goals. It’s been very frustrating.”

Desborough Town return to Premier Division action with a pair of tough away days.

Ar Tarn last week bowed out of the FA Vase with a 2-1 loss at Holmer Green and Ian Walker’s side are back on league duty at Newport Pagnell Town tomorrow.

That’s followed by a trip to AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday night.

Walker’s team will be looking for a change in fortunes after suffering back-to-back Premier Division defeats.