It’s Friday (the night before this blog should even happen) and the more i look at the weekend’s fixtures, the colder my feet get that i might not be a part of things this weekend.
You see, a win for the Magpies and a defeat for Keith Hill and Rochdale means the title is ours. Notts travel to Port Vale this weekend, with chasing from afar Rochdale away at Hereford United. Looking a bit closer at the two fixtures, maybe this is the weekend it happens?
County are likely to name an unchanged side for the fourth game in succession. Some outlets are suggesting Luke Rogers may be pushing for a recall but truth be told, he will have been essentially written out of Steve Cotterill’s plans for the season a few weeks ago so it’s unlikely we’d see him featuring, assuming the starting forwards come through the game unscathed!
Port Vale on the other hand are right up against it with injuries. As things stand, their goalkeeping hopes rest overnight on the fitness of Chris Martin who picked up a knock in training this week. With their reserve stopper injured, they may have to rely on 18-year-old Daniel Lloyd-Weston going up against the team with the single highest tally in the goals for column in the division. Good luck to the lad!
Rochdale on the other hand take their massive travelling army (200 tickets currently sold!) not to a Hereford side hammered 5-0 by Notts in Steve Cotterill’s first game at the helm, but to a reinvigorated Hereford side with a record of five wins in their last seven league fixtures. This Rochdale side (with two wins in their last seven) might well be considered the underdogs in this 2nd versus 17th encounter.
For the love of the club, i hope we do have the title sealed by 5pm tomorrow afternoon. But there’s a little part of me that hopes for a draw, so that the title can hopefully be sealed properly at Meadow Lane next weekend with me in attendance! Ray Trew is promising a carnival atmosphere that day should we be assured of the championship, should be a great day for all involved!