We’ve got quite a conclusion to the season on our hands, and the good news is that we control our own fate.
However, although they say take one game at a time, I can’t help but look forward to the last game of the season, and suspect the form of our opponents leading up to that match will be almost as important as our own in deciding where we finish.
Hopefully, the fixtures have fallen in our favour. Our next opponents, Boreham Wood, will be tricky, but their hope of getting into the play-offs is a long shot, so hopefully their motivation has diminished.
Then we face Notts County, who will be difficult opposition, but also an opportunity to take points from a rival. We ought to take confidence from the fact that just 5 weeks ago we dominated them on the own patch before our luck took a cruel turn.
Our last home opponents, Kings Lynn, will have nothing to fuel them except the wrath of their owner.
What awaits us on the last day of the season, when we travel to the East End of London, is still a mystery, though.
Dagenham and Redbridge still have a chance of a play-off spot at the moment, but they have a tough run of games coming up. Logically speaking, they ought to have nothing to play for by the time we visit them on the last day of the season, which would suit us perfectly, of course.
Dagenham aren’t too interested in logic at the moment, though, and could turn out to be the most remarkable of party-poopers.
They hit the run-in with the most remarkable form behind them, having won their last 6 games, scoring 18 and conceding 3 in the process!
They have three games before then, against Stockport, Halifax and Chesterfield. There are no easy games in there, and as they’re currently 5 points off the play-offs, they can’t afford to drop many points.
On the other hand, if they can manage a strong finish, each win will take points off the teams above them. That would set us up for one heck of a last day challenge!
Of course, other play-off contenders have to face each other in the run-up, meaning they’ll be chipping points off each other. This can only help us.
Bromley and Notts County face each other twice, and apart from coming to The Racecourse, The Magpies also have to face Maidenhead, who aren’t yet out of the picture.
On the final day Chesterfield will face a last tango in Halifax and both those sides have to face those pesky king-makers Dagenham, too.
I’ve felt all season that we ought to get into the play-offs with this squad, and for quite a while felt that, if we clicked, we might even challenge for the title. While the latter, rather optimistic, hope is gone, my position on the play-offs remains the same. We’re looking better than at any other point of the season, and sustaining our current form will definitely put us in the top 7. Hopefully, Dagenham can help us to achieve that!