A midweek win away at Waltham Forest could not arrest our inexorable slide out of the play-off places. The Saturday game at Grays Atheletic was always going to be a tricky fixture and finished as a 2-1 defeat and it’s fair to say that allowing Great Wakering to turn us over at home the previous weekend was a sign of the team’s current loss of league form. Looking at the last 6 fixtures of the regular season does not hold out much hope for a climb back into the play-offs. Every match will be a ‘must win’ which become’s problematical when you consider that we face Needham Market on April 12th. Our only hope there lies in their recent slight drop in form, only managing a draw against Ilford, who are currently just off the bottom of the table. I wouldn’t count on them doing us a similar favour – earlier in the season they were hammering goals in for fun and a return to such a streak of form for the last few games is not impossible given a 7-0 thrashing of Stowmarket recently in a friendly (they have time to play friendlies in mid-season?)!
Bottom of the table Waltham Forest should be a game we can win when they visit but an away game against Heybridge Swifts would not be one I’d bet on for a victory. Cheshunt were under strength when we beat them away, they may be a different proposition when they visit us. Thamesmead away is another difficult match but the last match of the season is against Brentwood, ironically, the only one that might be considered a 6-pointer depending upon the results around us and in our previous 5 matches. Our involvement in the play-off’s might come down to that final game if all the other results go our way and the teams immediately above us suffer some poor results. I suspect in reality our goose has already been cooked.
The one thing that might turn the season back in our favour would be a win in the final of the Ryman League Cup tomorrow night. The confidence boost would be tremendous both for the team and the supporters. But, whatever else it achieves, a win tomorrow would at least mean that we have something to show for a season which has seen some excellent performances from the team and it will be the first piece of silverware for many a long year…
Come on you Blues!
All thoughts expressed are my own and do not represent the views of Wingate & Finchley FC.