AFC Rushden & Diamonds will get another stern test of their recent good form this weekend according to boss Andy Peaks.
Their 4-0 success over Northwood last Saturday was hard earned – all the goals came in the second half – and brought them an eighth victory in this Evo-Stik South League East campaign.
Now they prepare to take on Ashford – a challenge Peaks believes will be even tougher.
“We’re in good form but the Northwood game was a tricky one,” he said.
“They set up as we expected and it took us a while to break them down.
“But during that time we were trying to get through it was equally important we didn’t concede.
“We managed that and then in the last 20 minutes we went on to get a pleasing 4-0 home win.
“I think Ashford are a better team and this will be a tough fixture.
“They have some good attacking players and they score a lot of goals.
“When they win they tend to win big.
“I’ve had them watched twice and we know what to expect.
“We’re away from home so we will have to defend well and then back our attacking capabilities.
“We’ll go there with the same mentality at always – that won’t change.”
While Diamonds have put together a decent spell recently, sustaining that is now Peaks’ main aim.
One look at the table tells how tight the competition is.
Moneyfields top the table by four points and have a couple of games in hand.
But behind them just five points separate the team in second – Cambridge City – and the one in ninth – Kempston Rovers.
“I’ve said all along there are going to be ups and downs,” Peaks explained.
“This a very even league where we know every team can beat each other.
“That makes it important to get a run together – to maintain that form.
“We’ve done well in recent weeks and we’ve shot up to third.
“That is exactly the sort of position I want to be in at this time of year.
“We’re in the right place to push on and challenge at the top. But in football you can’t rest on your laurels.
“You have to keep that form going and it won’t be easy.
“We have a tough game against Ashford on Saturday and that is quickly followed by Cambridge City at home on Tuesday so we need to keep playing to our best.
“Thankfully we’ve got no fresh injuries so we’re in a good position going into those games.”