Yes, No, Maybe.

Nathan Arnold in action against Lewes on Saturday.Having only lost one game so far in 2009, David Holdsworth and his squad could still make the play-offs. Yes it’s a long shot but it is possible. To make the play-offs we must remain unbeaten. We certainly have the character within the squad, and we also seem to have the belief and desire to succeed. We do lack fire-power at the moment – Rob Duffy has not produced what he once did for Oxford but I think once he finds the goal early in the game, he may gain a bit more confidence and reward us with a few more.

If we were to succeed in the play-offs and get back to the promised land of the Football League, would we be ready? Mentally – yes. Physically – maybe. In terms of football – perhaps not. As mentioned, we need some fire power to challenge the so-called bigger teams in League Two.

We do have a slight advantage over previous years: as the chairman has mentioned, we will not be panic buying in the summer as most of our players will still be in contract. These players are not signed for the sake of it – we are signing players capable of bigger and better things. Alan Marriott is a real force between the sticks, only conceding two goals in nine games keeping seven clean sheets along the way. Scott Garner is a legend in the making, winning every header and every tackle and learning minute by minute from the experience of Adie Moses. Louis Briscoe still has a lot to give but is a real driving force in midfield and can also operate upfront. He doesn’t stop, puts defenders under pressure . . . he’s like a tank. During the week I am sure other players will make the list, perhaps the always reliable Gary Silk and the ever-improving Matt Somner will be rewarded with a new contract. My point is that 99% of the squad will have had at least six months playing together and if this season’s results (under Holdsworth) are anything to go buy, we will be an even stronger unit.

I think one more season in the Unknown (Blue Square Premier) will do us good, a season were we would be the fittest team in this league, surly this would mount a promotion challenge, whereas if we was strutting our stuff in league 2, we would be unfit compared to others, and come January we would be perhaps be struggling.

Lets focus on today, keep talk of play-offs to a minimum and take every game one at a time. With Cambridge away tomorrow (Tuesday night) we need to keep our feet on the ground and come back home unscarred, miracles do not happen overnight and along the way there will be differences of opinion between ourselves and the manager (the O’Connor substitution booing, for example). Holdsworth will take us onto bigger things, so stick by him and enjoy the results.

Thanks for reading and thanks for all the support, I hope to see you at Cambridge and the back at the Mill on Saturday.

Craig (Rainworthstag14)

“Mansfield Town FC; For The Moment”


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2 Responses to “Yes, No, Maybe.”



  2. tim Says:

    C’mon, is there anyone who doesn’t believe we are going up? Anything is possible, we are good enough to go unbeaten for the rest of the season and nick enough wins along the way. See you at Wembley Craig

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