Diamonds head to The (New) Eyrie ground in Bedford tonight to take on Bedford Town in the FA Cup Preliminary Round ….the sequel. Film sequels rarely live up to the first film, but I can’t help thinking that won’t be the case with this re-match, our first ever away cup replay.
I’d really expect Diamonds to be better than they were on Saturday and with a good away following against a side who are really struggling at home this season, I fancy a “cup upset”…
Arron Parkinson looks like he will miss the game after his horrible finger injury so would we expect to see the Sam Brown back at full-back and Jack Ashton in at centre-half?…. assuming his suspension for the sending off at Peterborough Northern Star doesn’t kick-in yet.
If Adam Confue has recovered from illness we may see him returning in midfield. Andy Peaks will have the classic selection dilemma after a cup draw….change it up to exploit the opposition you now know a little better, or stick with the players who now know their opponents weaknesses from a game against them.
Bedford performed ahead of expectations according to some Bedford fans you couldn’t fail to overhear in the Peter Ebdon stand on Saturday as they kept up a decent away record this season. Home form is poor though for the just relegated side, picking up just one point from 3 games.
The fans were most concerned about a weakness in defence and to be honest Diamonds didn’t really exploit that on Saturday. Neither side created much from open play, most danger coming from set pieces and for diamonds long-throws, maybe the breezy conditions had a say in that.
It could potentially still be in the region of 20 degrees at kick-off tonight and pretty still so no excuse from either side for anything other than a competitive, attractive, attacking game….and goals!!
Radio Diamonds and the whole media team will be at The (New) Eyrie to bring you match coverage, filmed highlights, live twitter updates, match report and photos. We don’t get press passes even at this higher level ground so as with all the volunteers at Diamonds we’ll be paying our way. And at £9 plus £1 parking (a sign of things to come if we progress up a level or two) ….we’re expecting good facilities and a cracking atmosphere.
Not sure how we will fare on the cake front after we were roundly spoiled by our good friend chef Chris Gregory on Saturday. The best chocolate brownies I have ever tasted…we definitely need to sign him up!!
So come and say hello if you’re at Bedford tonight, if not tune-in for all the action, which could be extra-time and penalties don’t forget…
Come on you Diamonds!!
Paul Judd Radio Diamonds Presenter