We will give it our best shot, says Diamonds boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks is targeting an FA Cup upset at Hendon
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks is targeting an FA Cup upset at Hendon

Andy Peaks insists AFC Rushden & Diamonds will “give it our best shot” as they eye up an FA Cup upset at Hendon tomorrow (Saturday).

The ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side have made a fine start to the new season in all competitions.

They dumped Southern League Division One Central outfit Bedford Town out of the FA Cup after a fine 3-0 win a preliminary round replay.

That was followed by a 2-1 success at Harrowby United as they maintained their 100 per cent start to the league season last weekend.

It is a big step up this Saturday, however, as they head to north London to take on a Hendon side who sit in third place in the Ryman League Premier Division.

But, having seen Diamonds beat Cambridge City and given Dover Athletic a run for their money in last season’s competition, Peaks knows his team are capable of pulling off an upset.

The Diamonds boss said: “We have had them watched twice and they are decent. It is going to be a really good test for us.

“We are looking forward to it and it’s always nice to get the chance to test yourself against teams from a higher level.

“When we play in the UCL, there are high expectations for every game. But this will be one of those days where the pressure will be off us a little bit.

“We will give it our best shot. There will always be upsets in every round and we know it can be done because we did it to Cambridge City last season and then we gave Dover a real fright later on.

“There’s no doubt that we will have to be at our best to get a good result. But if we can produce a similar performance to the one we did at Bedford then we will give ourselves a chance.”

“We didn’t play as well as we can at Harrowby last weekend but we showed lots of resilience.

“We could have easily dropped a couple of points but the players showed their character and came away with a vital victory.

“It was great to get the win because it means we can go into Saturday with nothing sitting at the back of our minds.”