Is it just me or has tonight’s big game come around very quickly? Having gone through weeks of no football at all the rhythm of Saturday/Tuesday hasn’t quite kicked in!!
And tonight’s game against Deeping Rangers is a big one, a really big one that fits into the potentially season defining category along with forthcoming games here at the Dog & Duck against Spalding and Wellingborough. For all three of these games Diamonds have the chance to claim a season double having won the away fixture, in the case of Deeping as far back as the opening day of the season.
The 3- 2 win that day had us full of optimism for our first UCL prem season, but I don’t think we realised what a good result it was. Deeping went on a fantastic run pushing Spalding in the early months of the season scoring plenty of goals, while Diamonds had a few wobbles with defeats against Huntingdon twice and Peterborough Northern Star at home before that fantastic pre-xmas run of wins.
Both sides have been in and around the top 5 all season and are now looking to be in a 3 way fight with Huntingdon for second place behind runaway leaders Spalding. Cognehoe keep winning though to keep in the hunt, especially after both Deeping and Huntingdon drew their last two games. The first a hard fought 1-1 draw between the two sides a weeks ago, which was followed by unexpected home draws for both on Saturday to Yaxley and Desborough respectively.
Diamonds have returned to action after the watery break in decent form with 3 wins in 4 and a hard fought draw at bruising Cognehoe. The second of those wins was thanks to a last minute winner at Newport Pagnell Town from what looked like a tiring side deprived of key players through injury. They bounced back with a good second win in 2 weeks against Holbeach on Saturday though so the challenge will be getting up again for tonight’s Lincolnshire midweek challenge.
Joe Merrill returned on Saturday from injury collected at Cognehoe with a man of the match performance, but another defensive re-shuffle was needed with debutant Ryan Walker slotting in a centre half. Joe Henderson who was Radio Diamonds man of the match played a holding midfield role but still managed to have probably most shots on goal, and should already have had 1 or even 2 before turning the ball home for his first Diamonds goal to seal the win deep into the second half.
Tuesday night games generally see a drop in attendance of around 100 and it’s a shame this game had to be moved to a Tuesday, but I’ve a feeling it might push the Tuesday night league attendance record this season of 521 for that first Tuesday night game against Sileby back in August.
So hopefully you’ll be able to get down to the Dog & Duck tonight to help create a great atmosphere for what should be a really good contest. If not tune in to Radio Diamonds and we’ll bring you all the action…Adam, Douglas and myself raring to go and see if we can get the first of those season doubles against Lincolnshire’s finest.
Radio Diamonds Presenter