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Jay’s Friday Briefing

Jay Saunders by David Couldridge 2022-23

Two key players back in contention for Dulwich Hamlet away

Tonbridge are looking to extend the unbeaten run to six league games, seven in all football, away to Dulwich Hamlet.

As manager Jay Saunders explains, Tonbridge could be boosted by the return of two crucial players:

"Scott Wagstaff comes back into contention, and obviously Jordan Greenidge has extended his loan. Whether they start is a different matter but they're available and the squad is looking strong.  

Jay also said he's particularly looking forward to the game as it's set to be played in front of the biggest crowd of the season, maybe in excess of 3,000:

"I've always enjoyed going there over the years, good crowd, good atmosphere.  As a management team and set of players it's easy to get yourself motivated for.  It's nicer to play in front of better crowds.   Dulwich have been unlucky.  I've known Barnsey for a long time and has been unlucky with injuries to key players.  All the games we've watched they've been unlucky, they've led in a lot of games.  They're where we were about a month ago, playing well but couldn't keep clean sheets.  They're dangerous going forward.  I've worked with George Porter and Jack Holland, so we know about them.  They had a great result at Taunton so they'll be in high spirits."

"It's put us in a good place in the league.  Results went well for us Tuesday, it means Bath and Welling can't go above us if they win their games in hand.   I wanted to get to the 45 points mark as soon as possible, we're at 44 now.  That's the mark Tonbridge got to last year, and I think 45 will be safety the way results are going this year.  It's good to get there as soon as you can.  We'd love to make the play offs, and there's a real buzz after the game last week and it's a good changing room."

The other piece of good news is that midfielder Doug Loft, who has only played one game this season before an achilles injury, is making good progress.

Jay said: "It's good to see him out running and kicking balls.  He's been in with Gillingham as well this week so he's building up and it's looking positive.  It's a question of not rushing but soon he'll be able to take part in more intense training, hopefully gets no reaction, and that will be a real plus if we can have him involved before the end of the season."

Published Friday 10th February 2023