Diamonds will be looking for back to back away wins on Saturday as they make the long trip to Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday buoyed by a fabulous 4-2 midweek win at Marlow FC. That win kept the unbeaten away record going after 5 trips and took them back into the top 5 in the league.
The performance will also be particularly encouraging after two goalless home draws, with 4 chances taken on the night from many more that were created. Diamonds had to defend strongly for periods of the game too against a good attacking side and they had to bounce back after conceding the first goal.
Manager Andy Peaks will have some interesting selection decisions with Darryl Smith looking sharp and predatory linking well with Nabil Shariff in the later stages on Tuesday night. His two goals take him level with Nabil as joint top league scorer with 6 although Nabil has added 7 cup goals to his tally. He hasn’t scored in the league since August though despite coming so close on Tuesday – I fancy another Nabil Shariff awayday brace on Saturday!!
Blaize Punter had a strong game and may have cemented his place at centre-half alongside Liam Dolman allowing Sam Brown to perform so well again at full-back where he is so important to Diamonds. Richard Bunting seemed back to form too and will look to hang on to that centre midfield with man of the match Ben Farrell with Joe Curtis snapping at his heels.
We’re 10 games into the season now which is often when people say true form can start to be determined. Diamonds have won 5 drawn 4 and lost just the once amassing 19 points…just 1 point shy of that magical 2 points a game. It’s usually enough to get you in the top 2 or at least fighting for it in the latter stages of the season and if maintained would be the highest points total at step 4 for Diamonds.
The away form is excellent and home form is not that bad but is certainly where it feels points have been dropped. The two goaless draws the culprits but two decent wins mean 8 points from 5 games.
Hayes & Yeading are in a bit of a state of flux after a promising run of 3 wins in 4 built on good home form floundered on a run of no win in three. That includes back to back away defeats including a 4-0 loss at in-form Ashford last time out. They are unbeaten at home though with wins against Thame and Fleet and an impressive 2-2 draw with Moneyfields.
It is going to be another tough game with the home side keen to get behind an under pressure manager on what will probably be a very windy day. Diamonds will travel in confidence though and if the intensity and good touch they showed on Monday can be found again they might just push over the 2 points a game mark.
Radio Diamonds will be hanging onto their hats – well Doug will – and with lots of windy noise effects on the microphone Chris and Doug will do their best to bring you all the action.
Tune-in if you’re not travelling and enjoy the game.