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Jay's Friday Briefing


Jay looks ahead to tomorrow's Longmead encounter with Bath City

Third placed Bath City are the visitors to Longmead on Saturday, although Tonbridge have won the most recent meeting, at Twerton Park in the Spring.

Manager Jay Saunders said: "I'm looking forward to it, you want to test yourself against the better teams in the league and Bath are that. Jerry Gill's had a good start to the season, and if you're in the top part of the table it's because you're doing something right.  We had two close games last season. They won at our place and we won with a late goal from Jack Wood there. We've done our homework and we've prepared as best we can.

"We put an end to the defeats. I'm disappointed with last week's result. I said before the game against Weymouth, with no forwards in the squad would you take a point? You probably would. But on reflection I'm disappointed not to come away with three points. The sending off changed everything. We've got to back it up with a win, but what's good is even down to ten men the desire and commitment was good. In the last two games we've looked like scoring goals."

Ben Swift, who misses the game through suspension, was our fourth sending off of the season. We asked Jay if the disciplinary record was starting to be concerning?

"It concerns me because we're losing players, but we're not an aggressive side.  At times I question whether we could be more aggressive, but I don't mean by that we should go and kick people, I just think we're not the biggest side. I don't really get it. Jordan's one was a bit silly because he'd just been booked, but it was a bit harsh. Of all of them Swifty's the only one where I can say it was a deserved red card. He's been made aware of that and has been dealt with, but it's frustrating. The refs have come down on everything and we're getting the brunt of that."

A number of players who were missing at Weymouth last week could return, although there are still fitness doubts:

"Ben Swift and Jernade Meade are out suspended. Kodi (Lyons-Foster) we'll have a look before the game. Jordan Greenidge, Sonny Fish and Joe Turner are back in contention." 

Published Friday 20th October 2023