First leg of an Aylesbury double

Tonight Diamonds have the first leg of a 4 day Aylesbury double as they look to continue a 5 league game winning run that has seen them rise to the top of the Southern League East table.

Diamonds face Aylesbury United at their current Chesham home tonight before travelling to Aylesbury proper to take on  Aylesbury FC on Saturday.

Unfortunately there will be no Radio Diamonds tonight but we’re hoping to return on Saturday. We are so reduced in numbers in the media team tonight that we may not be able to film the game for the highlights package. We’ll hopefully have twitter with team line-ups and regular updates and filmed post-match interviews.

Both Aylesbury sides are in the bottom half of the table after struggling seasons with tonight’s opponents Aylesbury United down in 20th. They have four wins to their name and 9 defeats with 2 of those wins coming at home against Hanwell and Arlesey and 2 away including at Aylesbury and in their last away game at Chalfont St. Peter.

Any thoughts of that win starting a revival for The Ducks were scuppered by a heavy 6-1 home defeat to Cambridge City on Saturday. It prompted a change of manager with Glyn Creaser manager for 9 years leaving the club and his assistant Ben Williams and coach Michael Hogg taking caretaker charge tonight.

Home form has been erratic for the Ducks after losing the opening 2 to Beaconsfield and Barton Rovers they went 5 home games unbeaten including those 2 wins and draws with Fleet Town, AFC Dunstable and Uxbridge. But back to back defeats against promotion contenders and recent Diamonds opponents Hartley & Wintney and Cambridge City really hurt Glyn Creaser.

Diamonds have been on a cracking run of form of course having won the last 6 in all competitions, the last 5 in the league and not having conceded a goal in the last 4 wins. Home and away form has evened up considerably with 4 wins in the last 5 (all without conceding) at Hayden Road since that run of a defeat to Beaconsfield and consecutive 0-0 draws with Arlesey and Egham. Diamonds now top the last 6 home form charts for the league.

Diamonds sit second only to Beaconsfield in the last 6 away form chart courtesy of 4 wins in the last 6 at Dunstable, Marlow, Uxbridge and Ashford, the one draw at Chalfont St. Peter and their only away defeat of the season and last defeat at Hayes & Yeading in October.

The naturally pessimistic football fan in me always fears a run coming to an end particularly against a side in poor form. I always hated reading that our opponents haven’t scored for months or are in rank terrible form. You feel every good run has to come to an end.

But if I’ve learned anything from years of watching, commentating and reporting on football it is that genuinely it is performance and attitude on the day that counts. What has gone before and what might happen in the future only has an influence on a game if you let it.

What counts as much when on a good run as on a bad run is positivity in movement and passing, willingness to have the ball and give it at the right times, and belief in yourself and your teammates that collectively working hard you can impose your performance on the opposition. You can’t guarantee all those things will work out in the score line but if you have them all you tip the odds massively in your favour.

Enjoy the game.

Paul Judd

Radio Diamonds

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