Match Preview: Coalville Town FC vs AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Saturday 9th April 3.00 pm KO

Diamonds are on their travels tomorrow as they head to Leicestershire and the home of Coalville. Just 4 games remain in what has been a long, at times surprising season but 5th place Diamonds will take on 3rd place Coalville with a degree of confidence.

Diamonds have drawn 3 of the last 4 but maintained their play-off momentum with away wins at Lowestoft and Redditch in the last 6, scoring 3 each time. The only defeat in the last 6 was at Peterborough Sports when a 2-1 reverse didn’t really do credit to Diamonds’ performance.

Coalville have been in the top 3 since game 7 of the season and have guaranteed their play-off place as Banbury United have been confirmed as Champions.

They have a fantastic home record, dropping just four points with a pair of draws before a recent home blip. Their defeat at home to Royston 3-2 on Tuesday night followed a 0-0 draw at home to Hednesford and another 3-2 home defeat to Lowestoft, their first home defeat of the season.

The form guide shows the two sides very even over the last 10 games with 5 wins each and Diamonds one more draw and one less defeat. Diamonds won the reverse fixture in exciting fashion with a last gap 2-1 win. They then got well beaten in the FA Cup so Saturday will be the third contest of the season.

Diamonds have a 5 point gap over the only team who could realistically deny them a play-off spot with 4 games remaining. Alvechurch won at local rivals Stourbridge last week and make the short trip to Hednesford this week and will not be expecting Diamonds to take anything from hard-to-beat Coalville.

We know how focused this team is though under Andy Burgess and they are scoring more goals recently so will travel with expectation. The defence will be stretched without Alex Collard but we have some exciting young talent in that area that will be desperate to shine.

Radio Diamonds will be in action as ever and if you’ve never listened tomorrow could be a great place to start. Knowledge, humour and undoubted enthusiasm make it a great listen.

We’re looking forward to what should be a cracking game and hope you will join us.

Paul Judd
Media Team

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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