Peaks looking ahead after Diamonds’ title success

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate their UCL Premier Division title success. Picture by Mal Swinden
AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrate their UCL Premier Division title success. Picture by Mal Swinden

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will celebrate their ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title success in front of a home crowd this weekend.

Andy Peaks’ champions take on Newport Pagnell at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday) before rounding off a superb campaign at home to Cogenhoe United next weekend.

Diamonds secured the title thanks to a 4-1 victory at Sileby Rangers on Tuesday night as Scott Joseph and Matt Gearing both scored twice.

Boss Peaks has been savouring the moment but is also looking ahead as the club prepare to move up a level.

In what division they will play in next season remains to be seen.

But the manager is adamant that wholesale changes to a squad, which has ultimately romped to the UCL title, won’t be needed.

“We are looking forward to the challenges ahead now,” Peaks said.

“No matter what league we are in next season, I think a lot of these players can come with us.

“You will always need to bring a couple in but I won’t be looking to make wholesale changes.

“I believe this squad is good enough to do well again next season.

“Most of them deserve a chance so why not? The spirit is good and that always helps.”

As far as the remainder of this campaign is concerned, Peaks wants to finish on a high and also complete the double when his team take on Potton United in the UCL Knockout Cup final on May 4.

“Whatever I do, I want to win so I want us to win the next two league games and then win the Knockout Cup final as well,” he added.

“We have to enjoy what we have done, of course. But we can get to 101 points by winning the next two and that’s what we want to do.”