>Time to clutch at those straws…

>It’s time to clutch at straws…well I thought as Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the best in the business, was doing so I would follow suit. Our situation, of course is a lot more desperate than Ferguson’s with United needing to make up just a one point deficit to reach their aims…so if they’re clutching at straws, we must be well and truly grabbing at hay – or something more straw-like.

Here’s the break down again….can this really be done?

Northampton Town vs Bury: Cobblers MUST win…but so must Bury, making this first ingrediant to the battle very tasty indeed. Both teams need all the points to stand a chance of grabbing seventh place with a draw probably not enough for the Shakers either. But we certainly can win this one, with one final push at Sixfields.

Darlington v Dagenham and Redbridge: This is the big one…Dagenham need to fall to defeat at the league’s worst club. All we can hope for is that Darlo want to go out on a high and with nothing to play for and nothing at stake we must rely on their pride.

Chesterfield v Bournemouth: Not too bad a game in terms of slip up potential this…nerves at Chestefield should be sky high and a free and already promoted Bournemouth could cause them problems. Remember, we only need a draw in this one.

Port Vale v Shrewsbury: Same deal with this one…a draw will do us and Shrewsbury put up a decent fight in their home game with fellow playoff hopefuls Morecambe at the weekend, eventually going down 3-2. They’ll want to end a disappointing campaign on a high though and will certainly test Vale.

So can it really be done? Well last season we didn’t think we could go down based on other results…this time we need the opposite effect and if we gain all three points at Sixfields and that information is relayed around the country then nerves could spread like wildfire. Then again, Redbridge could be 7-0 at half time and ruin my dreams.

We have to hang on to any sort of hope we have…i am indeed clutching at those straws but what else can you do? Keep the faith, keep the pride and keep believing till the end. There may be a twist or two to come just yet…

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