Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019

By David Simpson

Tough tests ahead for the Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds to be properly tested

Andy Peaks believes his AFC Rushden & Diamonds team will be “properly tested” as a tough run of fixtures kicks-offs

Four of the Diamonds’ next six league matches will be against teams currently in the top seven while they also have a local derby with Corby Town in the first round of the League Challenge Cup to look forward to at Hayden Road next Tuesday night.

Peaks’ team have made a solid start to the new campaign and sit in sixth place, just three points behind the leaders. They are unbeaten in four league matches but have drawn the last three, all with a 1-1 scoreline.
We know our players will have to find their top gear during a challenging spell of matches over the next month or so. “It’s the start of a run of games where we are going to be properly tested,” the Diamonds boss said.

“Last season, against the Ketterings, Stourbridge and King’s Lynns of the world, we were in every game and got some results along the way so we are going to have to find those levels again.

“I think we are capable of matching anyone in the division but we know that if we allow our standards to drop then we will come unstuck.

“But we will go into every game looking to play well and we know we will have to be a bit more clinical with the chances that come our way.”

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