We Catch Up with Andy Peaks Ahead of the Barwell Game

Thu 24 Feb 2022 - 2:31PM

Andy Peaks was in an upbeat mood on Thursday lunchtime when he spoke to Lambs Media and looked forward to the game against Barwell on Saturday. Ironically it is a team he knows well having played Barwell just a couple of weeks ago when he led out his AFC Rushden and Diamonds side; “Yes, it is bizarre that I face the same team in back-to-back games, in charge of two different teams. It does mean that myself and the coaching team know what Barwell all are about and have witnessed them so recently. “That’s football for you!”

It will also be strange for Barwell as they will be playing their first away game for almost 3 months. “When I was there two weeks ago they were saying that they felt as if they lived at Barwell, however, they will be familiar with the type of playing surface here at the Lamb. “Perhaps it’s a shame the game isn’t on grass!! “However, they may not be used to playing in front of a large and noisy crowd which I am anticipating on Saturday. “I know what the Lamb is like when the supporters are behind their team, and I hope that we give them something to shout about on Saturday.”

Andy has been at the club ten days now and he is thoroughly enjoying his time here. “I have been to made feel really welcome by everybody. “The facilities are fantastic, and I have made the right decision to move. “Although the game was called off last Saturday there were positives to be taken from it as it gave myself and the players a chance to bond and have a good time together on the long coach journey. “We had an in-house training game on Tuesday evening, and it highlighted some of the issues that we are facing. “One of those issues is that there has been a large number of players coming in and out of the club recently and at times they are strangers playing together.” I am learning quickly about them, and I will know a lot more once we have had some real games over the next couple of weeks. “It may be small steps to start with, but I can see a lot of potential here.”

“As a fan you want to see your team put a shift in. “I want the supporters to see hunger, desire, hard work, passion and a determination to win football matches for me and the club. “Supporters don’t accept anything less than 100% and that’s what I expect from my teams.”

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