The Final Countdown

Last updated : 26 April 2004 By Andy Green
Forget Donny, they've secured the title now. Forget Lincoln, they had to beat Darlington to worry us. This is all about the Tigers, Terriers and Gulls. I want to take a look at the last two games for each team and attempt to predict an outcome. First up, Torquay.

Although 5 points adrift of us with a greatly inferior goal difference, we all know that two wins for them and two defeats for us could signal oblivion. On paper they definitely have the easier games of the three contenders. Kidderminster at Home looks a banker on the basis of indifferent form from the Harriers coupled with the fact that they are playing for nothing after obtaining a 7-point lead on Carlisle.

Southend Away looked a difficult fixture a week ago, but a 2-0 reverse against Yeovil appears to have dampened the Shrimpers resolve. Our only hope here is that they regroup in the hope of sending their fans home happy on the last day whilst strengthening the managerial candidature of their caretaker boss, Steve Tilson.

Having said that, Torquay's current form leads me to predict that they will in fact win both of these games.

Huddersfield will be even more worried about Torquay than we are, if that's possible! With a poorer goal difference than the Gulls they need points, not goals to prove decisive.

Mansfield at Home is difficult to read, primarily due to the Stags erratic form of late. I would fancy the Terriers to emerge successful from this tie if they can contain the Stags strikeforce, that is the key, as defensively Mansfield are very unlikely to keep Booth and Co. at bay. Of course, the key element in our favour is that Mansfield will be up for this tie, needing a result to hold off the attentions of Yeovil, Northampton and Oxford in the play-off race.

Cheltenham Away appears to have a similar look to Torquay's Southend fixture with the game meaning more to the Terriers than the Robins. One consolation is the fact that it is at Whaddon Road and you would hope the Robins would be very keen to give their fans a good send off after what has been a very disappointing campaign for them.

I can't quite decide which way round the results will come, but I fancy Town to secure a draw and a win.

If my predictions are correct, then we do indeed need another point to secure Division Two football next term. Having booked accommodation in Yeovil for Saturday night and not having the necessary bowel control for a last day Bristol showdown, I pray that Huish Park sees the Tigers deliver!