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Jay's Friday Briefing

Jay in conversation with Matt Davison prior to tomorrow's trip to St Albans City

Tonbridge will be looking to take the positives of the last two draws to try and and get a victory at St Albans City on Saturday.

It's been a happy hunting ground for us recently, with victories at Clarence Park in each of the last two seasons.

Manager Jay Saunders said: "We had a great result there last year. They made the play-off final, a good side. I'm expecting a tough game, but we're not in a bad run of form with one defeat in seven, although a few of those have been draws and could have been wins. We go there in decent form and hopefully will get another win there.

"The boys are in good spirits. They're a bit gutted they haven't got more points. Tuesday was good considering Hampton were six wins on the bounce and for long spells we had control of the game. The squad is quite small, it's a close group, we go into tomorrow, after two draws, looking to back it up with a win. Nobes (David Noble) has done a really good job, they're off the back of a heavy defeat against Braintree and they'll be looking to put that right."

We come up tomorrow against a player who at the start of the season was playing for Tonbridge, Ibby Akanbi. So how will that change anything?

Jay said: "When you play against an ex-player they come back to haunt you. I hope that's not the case. It will be good to see him, he's a great lad, it just didn't work out here, but I see he's scored a few goals and we will have to keep a close eye on him"

Ben Swift and Ansu Janneh are suspended, but otherwise it looks like a full strength squad:

"Team news wise, there's no real change.  Everyone's getting there slowly.  Thursday was a recovery session but nobody's reported anything so everyone's good to go."

Published Friday 10th November 2023