Article by Johnnie Lowery
There’s no doubt they last few games have been challenging for us, but the performance against Hartlepool was a cause for optimism with it looking like we’ve turned a corner.
It’s a shame we didn’t get the result to match the strong performance, but confidence for the game on Tuesday night surely has to be much higher now.
Whilst other results went our way on Saturday we can’t rely on that happening for the remaining games this season, so a positive result is needed on Tuesday.
I’m conceding second place to Tranmere, but the battle for third could easily come down to the final day when Aldershot come down the Lane, a game that has been made all-ticket.
The Shots have two very winnable home games against Gateshead and Barrow before the final day – games from which I expect they will pick up six points in.
This means at least three points are required from our next two away games to keep touch with them, but with Fylde and Boreham Wood also having two very winnable games to go more would be welcome.
Maidenhead’s win over Dover at the weekend shows they’re definitely no mugs and will be a tough test, despite now not really having anything to play for.
By contrast, Ebbsfleet’s excellent recent form has meant they have an excellent chance of finishing in a playoff spot.
A point would probably be seen as a good result there, but play like we did in the first half against Hartlepool and we could easily get all three.