Tomorrow’s big game against Royston Town has been selected as feature game by the Non-League Newspaper. It’s the second time in succession that a Saturday home game has been selected and we will be happy if we can get the same result as against Nuneaton last time.
The Sunday based Non-League Paper requests a match report from the home side for every Saturday game which is usually 200 words. But when deciding to “feature” a game they give our reporter 450 words, request a few more stats, and send a photographer.
The combination worked well for the Nuneaton game with me featuring the late sending off of the second Nuneaton player in the report and the photographer having a great picture of the card being shown in front of a jubilant Peter De Banke with Sam Johnson sitting on the turf in front of him. The game was still 0-0 at that point and was going to be tricky report to write – goalless draws always are – but those two dramatic late goals made my report so much easier to write.
Diamonds come into the game off the back of FA Cup defeat having gone down to the only goal at Enfield last week. It sounded like a decent performance to push a highly ranked side back on their own turf but the killer chances just wouldn’t come and the brilliance of a second half sub for Enfield won the game.
The league position is pretty solid though with just the one defeat at Stratford and a 100% home record. Leiston, Nuneaton and St. Ives have been beaten in very different types of game – fighting back from falling behind, late winners against 10 then 9 men, then a late winner when playing with 10 men after a tough fight – but the noticeable thing has been the way the crowd has backed the players and driven them on to great finishes. I really think we sometimes underestimate the impact of 500 plus fans driving the team on at this level and we can hopefully do the same again against Royston.
Both sides have matching records – 13 points with just one defeat and a draw to add to 4 wins – and sit just a point behind Banbury United who are top and the only side to beat Royston so far. They have played a game more though which they drew.
Royston had a thumping 7-2 victory in the FA Cup last week against local side Rothwell Corinthians and will come into the game full of confidence with just 2 goals conceded on their travels in the league – both in that game at Banbury. A 5-0 win at Biggleswade and a 1-0 win at Lowestoft show they will give nothing away.
Royston are the first “top 6” side Diamonds will have played this season and they have a very good record against Diamonds in regular season action. They have 3 wins and a draw including a 4-1 thumping at Hayden Road in December 2015. Diamonds famously won the biggest game between the sides of course winning the play-off semi-final that same season at Royston 2-1 with goals from Jack Bowen and a Liam Dolman penalty. What a great night that was.
So Saturday is set-up for a cracking game and hopefully another winning match report to read in the Non-League Newspaper on Sunday.
A reminder that Radio Diamonds are trialing a new broadcast medium on Saturday so look for the link we sent earlier in the week and sign-up with the new medium – which is free – and you can tune in to all the action.
Enjoy the game