Article by Johnnie Lowery
The excitement levels are the club are through the roof at the moment – being 2 wins away from the Football League is quite surreal, and still sinking in really.
I think 3rd is quite a nice position to finish, with a pass straight through to the semi-finals but also avoiding the pressure that comes with a 2nd place finish and the feeling that maybe you ought to be promoted.
That pressure most definitely applies to Tranmere, the pre-season title favourites, and a club whose fans believe nothing but a place in the Football League is good enough.
There could well be something of an advantage in not playing midweek, with the winners of Boreham Wood and Fylde likely to suffer slightly, particularly if the game goes to extra time.
Fans of the winner of that game may look to draw optimism from U’s bleak playoff record in the past few years, with not a single game, never mind tie, won in such competition.
However the ‘opening day fixture’ demons were banished with victory over Leyton Orient at the start of this season and the game against Aldershot effectively represented a playoff quarter final with a second chance for the loser, so I doubt this particular fact of history will worry the players.
Gander Green Lane was absolutely rocking on Saturday and with the place likely to be more or less full on Sunday it should be another intimidating atmosphere for whoever the visitors may be.
Let’s all play our part in cheering the boys on to victory