Counting Down; Looking forward.

Here we are again – the final month of the season. Along with sunny April afternoons and the cool night time breezes we can now enjoy the double delights of the backlog and the shop window.

A backlog of games from that wild weathered month of February means we are now playing two games a week – with the first midweek “backlog fixture” being that terrible 3-0 loss away at Histon. That’s a good way to put off any potential buyers looking through our “shop window”. Our customary “international” fixture away at Wrexham was no different – another poor performance and a 2-0 loss, again the shop window team looked more like plastic dummies than footballers, driving those potential customers to look elsewhere.

We now return to our home ground for the next two fixtures, Ebbsfleet (Tuesday 7.45pm) and Barrow (Saturday 3pm) with the club trying to reach 3,000 in season ticket sales. Now it is us, the fans, looking through that shop window to see if what we see is worth buying a season ticket for. I am starting to form my own ideas of who we should keep and who should be let go, and I am sure you are all doing the same. Six more games to earn a contract, six more games to show us fans what we really want: success. This season has been weird – the culture shock of the Blue Square Premier followed by ups and downs, from top of the league to mid table, from being unbeaten for ages to now incapable of winning away, from the slight whiff of the play-off’s to nothing. That’s not to mention the change of manager, along with a lot else.

But at least there’s a few things that remain the same – we all want it to end and take in the summer break ready for next year, for a big push, not a big disappointment, we’re all counting down.

I Hope to see you all at Field Mill on Tuesday and Saturday, and again on bank holiday Monday away at Northwich Victoria and because of this fixtures date the next blog will not be written until Tuesday. Only an extra day to wait!

Thanks for reading and all the comments, please keep them coming
Craig (Rainworthstag14)
“Mansfield Town FC; Counting Down And Waiting”

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