Just 6 games left in our UCL season starting with today’s game against old foes Deeping Rangers.
They were the very first team we played in the UCL Prem – a nice opening day 3-2 win up in Market Deeping – but they got revenge later that season with a 2-1 win at the Dog and Duck which was part of a sequence which ended with our first manager Mark Starmer sadly resigning.
They finished just a place behind Diamonds last season in 4th and have had a mixed campaign this season with some great runs and results punctured by runs of indifferent form. They lie 9th in the league but still feel to me like a team with the players and potential to be top 4 but they have lost key players to injury for todays game.
Their season is typified by the last five games really. After a 2-0 home win against Huntingdon they drew 0-0 at home to Sleaford, followed that by a 6-0 win at Northampton Sileby and then a 4-1 reverse at Newport Pagnell Town before a good 0-0 draw at Peterborough Northern Star.
Diamonds won a close game at Deeping at the beginning of February 2-1 with Liam Dolman grabbing a brace as part of a sequence of 6 goals in 3 games for the centre-half when he followed up with 4 against Desborough. Deeping pegged Diamonds early goal back with an equaliser on the half-hour and it took into the last 20 minutes for Diamonds to take the lead. There wasn’t much between the side in terms of possession and chances on the day so it will likely be another stiff test of patience by the team and fans at the Dog & Duck on today.
It’s been a momentous Brad Harris inspired week as he earned that last gasp draw against Wisbech last Saturday in front of an incredible 930 crowd and then grabbed a vital brace in the come from behind win at Kempston on Tuesday night. He’s a real fans favourite in the unsung hero category and we love him on Radio Diamonds.
I really enjoyed calling his two goals on Tuesday night especially the second one…
”Gearing with the free-kick…..header comes in….and it’s a goal!!!!!!!!!!…. Diamonds take the lead….and is it Brad Harris again?….I don’t believe it….it is Brad Harris…. incredible…the goal scoring machine makes it 3 in 2 games with a glancing header this time and Diamonds have come from behind to lead 2-1 in this vital game….”
What does it mean for our promotion and title ambitions? Well we are already guaranteed at least 5th place with the 83 points we already have. If we assume the chasing pack win all their games (which they certainly won’t as Wisbech play Holbeach) then from our last 6 games…….
1 win = 4th place, 3 wins = 3rd place, 4 wins = 2nd place, 5 wins = The title!!
With Thurnby deducted points this week and Holbeach withdrawing their promotion application the permutations are too complex even for my stato brain to handle, but the simple truth is if we can keep performing and keep winning the promised land is very very close.
Radio Diamonds will be at every game as we close in our dream. Lots of tough football to play but Brad Harris week has put it very firmly in our hands!!
**Breaking News….. our Chairman Ralph Burditt will be joining the Radio Diamonds commentary team for the cup semi-final against Wisbech on Tuesday as he did for the second round game against Burton Park Wanderers…. another 7 goals then!!****
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