The final countdown starts here!

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It’s countdown time to the end of the season with 10 games to go, starting at Grays Athletic this Saturday.

Sometimes at this time of year we say how it doesn’t seem five minutes since we were kicking off in August. Not this time.

This feels like one of the longest seasons in history!

It seems an absolute lifetime ago when the ‘Three Amigos’ took over the Field Mill reins from a certain Mr Haslam and recruited Billy McEwan at the 11th hour to preside over the three or so senior professionals left at the club.

So much has happened since then – top of the the table in the Crawley sunshine, the shock of the points deduction, the slide down to the relegation zone and the replacement of Mr McEwan by David Holdsworth.

Now we are left with Grays, Wrexham, Histon, Northwich and Woking away and Torquay, Ebbsfleet, Barrow, Altrincham and Stevenage at home. We are also left with a 13 point gap between Stags and the play-off zone.

That means it is almost certain Stags have nothing left to play for. Yet, while it is still mathematically possible to get into the play-offs, it would be unprofessional not to keep going for it.

Even if Stags finished just outside the zone, it would be a tremendous achievement by Holdsworth and a great tonic towards next season.

What we need now are decent crowds for those last five home games.

For all you sit-at-home fans whose reason for staying away is not a financial one, remember those last five Mill matches are the board’s last chance to top up money for the summer and give  them enough to pay wages to top quality players that Holdsworth wants to snare as soon as possible. Let’s steal a march on everyone else for a change.

So if you are a local football fan, tear off that Manchester United shirt and burn it (ditto Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal etc – you are too far north to be a United or Liverpool fan) and get down to back your LOCAL football team.

If things go as planned next season and the Holdsworth revolution inspires a promotion push then Field Mill will be full of bandwagon jumpers. That’s great but it’s always nicer to be ahead of the game and, believe me, there is a tingle in the air down at the Mill right now that is nothing to do with the weather.

Much has been said about the arrival of Daryl Clare. And I saw enough in the hour of Wednesday’s reserve game to suggest he could become a Stags legend.

Twice he popped up in exactly the right place at the right time as a natural predatory goalscorer should, netting once with aplomb and seeing the keeper save well from the other.

He linked play up well, he got under defenders’ skin with his aggression and he is still not fully match fit.

I can’t see him starting at Grays. But I am almost sure Holdsworth will have him on the bench and use him. So there may be a treat in store for those who make the journey down to East London on Saturday.

To get you in the mood make sure you listen to this week’s 50th Chad Stags Talk show on our web site with Andy Perry being honest and open as usual about the club, following on from last week’s appearance by David Holdsworth which is still on there to listen to as well.

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One Response to “The final countdown starts here!”

  1. Steve Says:

    Thanks John. You made my week. Good to see you ‘online’ again. Keep up the good work. C’mon you Stags!

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