Peaks targets a good Vase run for Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will start their journey in the FA Vase this weekend and it is a competition manager Andy Peaks wants to have a good run in.

Diamonds continue their tough run of fixtures as they travel to face Hullbridge Sports from the Essex Senior League in the second round this weekend.

Diamonds go into the game following draws against two of the top five teams in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Peaks’ men were held to a goalless draw by Yaxley last Saturday and then drew 1-1 at Cogenhoe United on Tuesday.

Despite the two points from a possible six, they now hold a two-point lead at the top.

Now Peaks’ men turn their attention to the FA Vase with the manager admitting it is a tricky tie for his side this weekend.

“We’ve not got a great draw to be honest, away from home, but you need to be a bit lucky in some of the games,” the Diamonds boss said.

“We want to make sure, come 5pm, we’re still in the draw.

“If it means bringing them back up next Tuesday night, so be it. But we want to make sure we’re still in the hat.”

Diamonds reached the third round two seasons ago and went one better in the last campaign.

And Peaks is keen for the club to build on those runs this time around.

He added: “We’re looking to go further than last year obviously and the boys are a group who have all had a taste of it in the previous seasons. They’re all well up for the Vase, absolutely.”

“I said it last year, come May with the final at Wembley, the teams that play will be no better than us. So why shouldn’t it be us?

“In the FA Cup, teams can be better than us, so we can only go so far in that.

“But the Vase is only our level, so the teams that are in it will be no better than the standard we are.”