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Jay's Thursday Briefing

Tonbridge Angels manager Jay Saunders knows the two weekend games could not be much tougher as we face two of the most in-form sides in the division, but he's up for the challenge.

On Good Friday it's a trip to Hampton and Richmond Borough, who are fourth in the table, and three days later it's a visit from Farnborough, who are only outside the play-offs on goal difference and have won their last six games.

Jay said:  "Two really tough games and hopefully games we're fully prepared for. Hampton have been there or there abouts all season. We had a 0-0 draw at home but it was a good game, they're big, they're organised, they're very good at what they do. It's a hard place to go. Let's hope the rain holds off as I know what the pitch can be like.

"Farnborough are one of the form teams at the moment, making a late run for the play-offs. They're experienced, they're a threat from set pieces but hopefully we can get positive results.

"You have to prepare for the games individually. The minute you start taking your eye off the first game you come unstuck. Once Hampton is done we move onto the Monday game. We've got the stuff ready for the boys. Between the games our preparation will be more analysis based. At this stage it's not so much fitness the boys need, it's information on the other team."

Regarding player availability, Kodi Lyons-Foster, who wasn't involved against Truro, has departed for Worthing, but Jay explained the good news is players are coming back:

"Jernade Meade is back from international duty. Nathan and Shieldsy are back in contention too, so we're getting bodies back. Waggy is 50:50 with a calf injury. But otherwise we're pretty much there and we'll have a lot more depth than we had last week."

Thursday was National League transfer deadline day, but Jay felt there wasn't the need to add to his squad, so the only change is Kodi Lyons-Foster's departure:

“We were approached by Worthing regarding Kodi yesterday. It's an opportunity for him, with them likely to make the play-offs. He's a good player, I get on with him so we wish him the best and we didn't want to stand in his way.

"I did look at potentially another addition but with the depth in the squad now we're happy with what we've got."

Published Thursday 28th March 2024