St Ives Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Fixture Type: Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central
Kick off: 15:00, Saturday, 6 Apr 2019 at Pro-Edge Stadium
Attendance: 372

Referee: George Byrne

Date: Sat 06 Apr 2019

By David Simpson

Only wins will do

Five matches to prove they are Diamonds


Andy Peaks knows AFC Rushden & Diamonds are now dealing in wins if they are to keep their Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central play-off hopes alive.

Diamonds head to St Ives Town tomorrow (Saturday) on the back of a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Brackley Town after a goalless draw in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup final on Tuesday night.

While Diamonds were in cup action, Alvechurch was claiming a 2-1 victory over Leiston to firm up fifth place in the league table. Peaks’ team are now six points adrift of the play-off places and will probably now have to win all five of their remaining matches if they are to force their way into the top five

It’s a tall order but the Diamonds boss insists there is still belief within the squad that they can pull it off.

“We have got to dust ourselves down,” Peaks said. “It’s disappointing to have lost on penalties but the one thing I know about these boys is that they will come back with a lot of character.

“It’s a really tough game at St Ives and we need three points to get back on the playoff trail.

It wasn’t a great result for us with Alvechurch winning. But to be honest, I am not looking too much at other results.

“We have got five games and we have got to get some points out of those and see where it takes us.

“Obviously we need other teams to do us a favour but we have got to start winning games to maintain a promotion push.

“I don’t think there is much pressure on us because I am sure most people will say that we aren’t going to do it.

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