Right then, lets finish this
by The Boy Holty
After Saturday's win over Wimbledon (which I missed so I won't be able to report on the game), we have one game left in which to win promotion.
Its been a season of our rivals scoring late and lucky winners. Wycombe's 102nd minute soft penalty against Exeter was the most hurtful at the time after we had beaten Shrewsbury, but now after Saturday's defeat at home to Morecambe, you'd have to say that the Chairboys are out of the automatic promotion picture.
Southend's very late winner against Exeter and their late-ish winner against us, have contributed to a phenomenal run of seven or eight wins and clean sheets and then Saturday's ridiculously soft and late goal against Luton when the ball slipped through the Luton keeper's fingers put them in third place in the league with one game to play.
If Southend win at Morecambe this coming Saturday, they're up and nothing we do will make any difference, but Morecambe have done us a massive favour by beating Wycombe and if they feel like doing us another one on the final day then we'll be perfectly placed to snatch that final promotion spot by beating Tranmere.
As for Tranmere, they were relegated on Saturday after 94 years of league football and Cheltenham went down with them. Bury will no doubt sell out our 2000 tickets allocated for next week and hopefully we can do the business to take care of our side of the deal.
It reminds me a little bit of 1996, where we went into the final game in fourth. Darlington were third and they needed to win at Scunthorpe while we had an easy game against Cardiff. We won 3-0 and as many of you will remember, Scunthorpe did the business by holding Darlington to an exciting 3-3 draw meaning that Bury were promoted.
Strange things happen in football and there are always twists and turns before any fat ladies start singing, so don't rule out some late goals and the owners of that third place changing hands over the course of the afternoon.
Morecambe v Southend won't finish 3-3, that much can be guaranteed, but a 0-0 would do us nicely. It will definitely be a case of checking phones frequently to check on progress at the Globe Arena.
All we can do is to be Bury's 12th man and to cheer them on to promotion. If we fail, we'll just have to do it via the playoffs where I fancy us to finish the job off. One thing's for sure, I'd rather meet Wycombe, Plymouth or Stevenage in any play off game than Southend.
Up the Shakers - now let's do this!