Match Preview: Alvechurch FC vs AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 22nd January 3.00 pm KO

Diamonds travel to play-off rivals Alvechurch on Saturday afternoon looking to build on a professional performance in the win against Needham Market on Tuesday night.

A difficult pitch on a cold night saw Diamonds comfortably contain a good passing side and they were clinical with the chances created. Alex Collard with a goal, and an assist for a superb Ty Deacon finish saw Diamonds home and up to 6th in the league.

Those lofty heights seemed far away when Alvechurch won at Hayden Road in October and Barwell repeated the trick 3 days later. That was probably Diamonds low point of the season but an incredible 9 wins in 12 games have really turned Diamonds season round and got them right into play-off contention.

Alvechurch have been in the top 8 for some time after a slow start to the season and were up in 4th before the turn of the year saw three defeats in 4. An excellent victory at local rivals Bromsgrove last time out has them back on track and sets up Saturday’s game nicely as 5th vs 6th.

Diamonds have fared well at Alvechurch in the two encounters at this level with a 0-0 draw and a late come-from-behind 2-1 win. The 0-0 draw was most remembered for Duane Darby’s appearance on Radio Diamonds as a second half summariser. A magical moment for our media team.

This game is probably as eagerly awaited as the trip to Banbury but for different reasons. Both sides will be looking to stamp their claim on a play-off place with victory… so nailed on a draw!!

A large travelling support heading to Worcestershire as they did to Banbury would really help the team. Tickets can be bought in advance or cash paid at the turnstiles. But if you can’t make it Radio Diamonds will be covering the game as usual and it would be great to match the 70-plus listeners that tuned in to the Banbury coverage.

Enjoy the game.

Paul Judd
Media Team