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Jay's Friday Briefing

The manager speaks ahead of our home encounter with the good folk from Cornwall

Tonbridge Angels play Truro City at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium on Saturday, a side who still have 13 games to fit in in the last 29 days of the season.

Having beaten them in Plymouth earlier in the season, manager Jay Saunders is expecting tough opposition.

He said:  "They're very organised, they're a big side who you have to match physically, and they've got quality too. They've been together a long time. They've not had the run they'd like but they've had trouble with pitches. I've seen their game against St Albans and they were excellent."

One of Truro's recent signings is Josh Hinds, brother of our own player Tariq Hinds, and Josh is a player Jay is aware of:

"He played a couple of friendlies for us in pre-season. He's a good lad but it wasn't a position we were really looking for. He's got ability and we'll have to keep and eye on him."

On the transfer front, the club have secured the loan signing of Liam Vincent for a third month's loan from Portsmouth: "I'm pleased to get Liam again, it was important. We lose Jernade (Meade) for two games on international duty. Wherever we play Liam he does well and he fits in well with the lads.  Kodi Lyons-Foster will have a fitness test, we're waiting on Nathan (Odokonyero) too after the whack he got last week, and Gardy's been given the all clear so that's good news."

Finally, it was a change of shape against Torquay last week, and it resulted in a comprehensive victory, so will we see that again?

Jay said: "Different games suit different people and different formations. It was one we thought could hurt them. I won't give anything away. If we feel it's a formation which will help us win the game we'll go for it, but it made us more solid defensively and we looked a threat going forward. I know Shieldsy enjoyed it but sometimes there might not be that much space. It's something we'll work on going forward so we have that option."

Published Friday 22nd March 2024