What a way to finish our season on Saturday! Without playing particularly well, the lads dug in and kept their composure to get us the victory we needed to get in to those play offs. It has been a surreal last few weeks where for most of it we’ve felt like we’ve been playing for pride, but for us to put five successive wins together to put pressure on the teams around us at this stage of the season is a remarkable achievement.
Spennymoor pushed us all the way on Saturday and I must give them credit for the way they came from a goal behind to win in their game against Southport despite all the games they have played recently and so soon after the disappointment of their draw at home to Ferriby on Thursday night. They have had a great season and I’m sure they will be even stronger next year.
We now face a trip back to Kidderminster on Wednesday night and I hope as many Avenue fans as possible can travel down to support the lads and enjoy the occasion. Saturday’s result will have no bearing on the play off game and we know Kidderminster rotated their squad and will make changes for this game, but our lads can approach the game with a different pressure to that which we experienced on Saturday. Nobody expected us to be in this position and nobody expects us to get promoted, but we’ve been on a great run and the players are playing with confidence and in a one off play off game, anything can happen.
Kidderminster are a fantastic team with some top quality young players and play with a style that any true football fan would appreciate and admire. I have great respect for their management team of John Eustace and Matt Gardiner who give their players licence to express themselves and pass the ball. They had a great season finishing second last year and have been strong again this time, particularly at home, so we know how tough it will be for us to come away with a win. But our players know their jobs and if we can carry them out to the best of our ability we have a chance.
It’s been an amazing season with a few highs and lows and its still not over yet!
Thanks for your amazing support, bring on Kidderminster!