It definitely has the feel of a big game day today doesn’t it?
Former National League side Nuneaton Borough visit Hayden Road for the second home game of the week with Diamonds off the back of a tremendous 5-1 win on Tuesday night.
Borough picked up their first point at Banbury on Tuesday night after their shock opening day 3-0 defeat at home to Kings Langley. They are undoubtedly one of the bigger names in this league having played much of their recent history at National League level and were one of the pre-season favourites having invested in a number of high quality new players. They have a big following and high expectations and will relish coming to Hayden Road and trying to get the new signings to gel into promotion contenders.
Diamonds have won two games in impressive fashion and have shown they can play in different ways and can adapt to conditions and to setbacks in games. Blustery conditions last week at Barwell meant a solid defensive performance with better use of the ball through the middle third especially when playing into the wind in the second half and excellent set-pieces.
On Tuesday Diamonds started really well but were hit by an against the run of play counter attack goal to concede for the first time this season against a lively Leiston side. It took a while to adapt to the boost the goal gave a youthful Leiston side but Diamonds got back to playing dominant football and scored two in quick succession to lead at half-time. The equaliser came from another defender and another set-piece making it all 3 goals at that stage for Diamonds.
The second came for Tom Lorraine and was his first in 14 games and he gleefully added a 2nd and his 92nd for Diamonds in a more dominant second half for the home side. Ben Aquaye got his first Diamonds goal with a superb 25 yard strike to cap a really encouraging performance and Nathan Hicks finished a really good team goal assisted by the impressive Declan Rogers.
It couldn’t have been a better start to the season for Diamonds and they sit amongst just 3 sides with maximum points with old friends Royston sitting top courtesy of 8 goals scored and none conceded. Diamonds sit second with 7 for and 1 conceded and my home town side Stourbridge sit third after an impressive win against Stratford on Monday evening.
Table are nonsense at this stage of the season and back in the day they weren’t even printed until 3 or even 5 games had gone. Each game stands on its merits whether the first or last of the season or after a run of victories or defeats. You have to earn the right in each game to play the football you want and what happened last week or where you are in the table is irrelevant to the decisions you make throughout a game.
I’m sure Andy Peaks will have the team prepared and focussed just on today and giving our illustrious opponents plenty of problems and entertaining what should be a good crowd.
Radio Diamonds will be live from 3 and we are providing a full report for the Non-league paper in addition to twitter updates and our own official match report. They have selected this game as their feature game in Southern League Central and have 450 words this week so let’s hope we get plenty of action.