Tomorrow could be the day we’ve been hoping for, maybe even expecting.
Bolton can seal a return to League One at the first time of asking. The easiest way of sealing promotion tomorrow would be by beating Exeter. Do that, and it is job done. It could also happen tomorrow if we draw, and both Morecambe and Tranmere drop points, or even all three of us lose. Tranmere travel to Forest Green, while Morecambe are away to Walsall.
While promotion is the number one aim, Cheltenham’s draw in midweek tightened up the race for the league title. We’re three points behind them, and one behind Cambridge, but with a poor goal difference compared to the top two. Cambridge go to Harrogate tonight, while Cheltenham are away at Newport tomorrow. First and foremost, it’s just about going up, but it doesn’t harm to think about winning the whole thing.
While the official line from the club is to stay away, it isn’t going to stop quite a few fans congregating outside the stadium. I can’t say I’m too sold on the idea of standing outside a stadium I’m not allowed in, but each to their own. If you really have to go, to paraphrase others, don’t be a (insert bad word here), stay off Nat’s statue, and take any rubbish home with you. And remember, there’s still a pandemic going on. You know, the one that’s stopping us from being in the UniBol tomorrow.
Everyone should be available in theory. Declan John and Antoni Sarcevic may or may not come into the side, but that would be harsh on Ben Jackson and George Thomason respectively. Dennis Politic is back in training but Liam Edwards is still out.
This is our first home game against Exeter since March 1993, when we won 4-1 en route to promotion from the third tier. Earlier this year, we drew 1-1 at St James Park, Arthur Gnahoua with the equaliser.
This is also a big game for Exeter, currently ninth, they sit two points off the playoff places. Their recent form hasn’t been great, though unlike us, they managed to beat Grimsby in midweek. Matt Jay is their dangerman in front of goal.
1-0 FC to do their thing again, and we can be celebrating tomorrow night.