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Jay's Friday Briefing


For the final time this season, Jay talks to Matt Davison

It will be a day of goodbyes at Longmead tomorrow, not just as we wish each other a good summer, but two club legends will depart.

In his final Friday briefing of the season, Jay Saunders paid tribute to our captain Sonny Miles, who plays his record 527th and final game for the club, and to Dave Netherstreet, who stands down as chairman.

On Sonny, Jay added to his earlier statement: "You don't see many footballers who stay at one club and make so many appearances.  We announced it because it means he gets the send off he deserves, he deserves to be acknowledged.  I know he's a character who will still want to go out and get a win tomorrow and will be looking to get a clean sheet and three points."

And on Dave Netherstreet he said:  "I didn't know Dave until I came for my interview.  He's a genuinely nice bloke, he's helped any way he can and he's always had good intentions for Tonbridge.  I'm pleased in his final season he's had no relegation worries and has been able to enjoy his last season.  He's part of the furniture so he'll still be around the place."

On the game against already relegated Cheshunt, Jay said: "We've got an opportunity to finish eighth if results go our way, which will be an unbelievable achievement, and if we win we guarantee at least 10th.  We still had our video analysis last night, I know some clubs might have had the Thursday off if there's nothing to play for.  But I want to finish as high as we can.  

"I know Craig Edwards well, I'm gutted they've gone down, and I'm sure they'll be pushing to get back next season.

"We'll go as strong as we can, we'll pick a team we think has a good chance of winning the game.  We had a few missing in the week but everyone's back available.  A couple will be disappointed, a couple won't even make the bench, but it's about getting three points, then we can enjoy the celebrations afterwards, and enjoy the fact that it has been an enjoyable season and a good turnaround."

Published Friday 28th April 2023