It’s about time we updated the Radio Diamonds website….. and what a week to do it in. Two games, 15 goals, a double hat-trick hero, two of the best strikes and one of the best headed goals you’ll ever see, and we were pegged back to 1-1 in both games.
We had a strong side out in the KO Cup which read like a first choice 11 so it felt even more like a genuine first team game. We were ruthless too when we finally got clear of a hard working Burton at 4-1 on the hour. We just kept on pressing and ran up 4 second half goals from probably 10 plus major chances…. it was incredible stuff.
On Saturday it was 5 goals in 20 first half-minutes after we’d been pegged back, including Jason Turner completing his second hat-trick of the week. Tom Lorraine’s header was as good as anything we’ve seen from a superb Elliot Lamb-Johnson cross, one of many as he put real end product to his promising play. Second-half was reserved for brilliant strikes at goal. Adam Confue’s man of the match clinching half-volley would have been best goal in many matches, but Liam Dolman’s screamer 11 minutes from time was something special, as was his walking finger pointed to the sky celebration.
One of the reasons we’ve not updated the site lately is that I’m now doing the official match reports for the main website as well as my Radio Diamonds programme article. Add in my research for my opposition review and UCL round-up for Radio Diamonds and I’m making good use of my new tablet and keyboard.
I did match report for both of last weeks games, and am on duty again on Saturday. So that’s an hour after the game for the single paragraph summary, and then a couple of hours Sunday morning getting the full report and all the detail down.
With Oadby coming into the game with a worse record than Sileby you wonder what score we’ll see, but surely with the edge between the clubs from our first season they won’t want to go the same way as this weeks opposition. Given my other match reports were for the 5-4 U21 James Victory Cup win, and the 5-1 FA Cup win against Oxhey Jets maybe I’m a good goal omen!!
If you look at % record or points dropped rather than straight league position – we’re 6th with games in hand in the real league – we fair even better. We’re one of just two teams to have dropped just three points. The other being Holbeach with 8 wins from 9 only having lost the once to the only 100% side Huntingdon. Cogenhoe were on a similar only one defeat record until losing to Huntingdon on Saturday. Our only defeat was to Yaxley of course and they come next having lost just once and drawn once, but having played 10 games and won 8 they sit top of the real table. So we are genuinely right in with the leading teams.
So are we about where we expected at this stage? Probably… we’ve won a number of games by the odd goal, we’ve now started racking up the goals, and we’ve shown real character when really challenged at Peterborough Northern Star, Harrowby where won game late on, and Yaxley where we so nearly came back from 2-0 down.
The all home October games will tell us a lot about where we are, especially if we can drop as few points as possible before that first contest with Holbeach at the end of the month.
So enjoy the game, and if you can’t get down the Dog & Duck tune in to Radio Diamonds for all then action….. and enjoy the match report on Sunday too!!
Radio Diamonds Presenter