We’re well into Season two now for Matt Porter and Stockport, but has Spring sprung? Or are the legs starting to feel a bit weary in the unlikely quest for European places? Catch up with part 9 here
The final push, well the penultimate one anyway, for our unlikely European wishes to come true. Stockport has every reason to be a proud town at the moment, and it’s not just the league table…
I was sent the below by post, second class, postmark Hazel Grove, no idea what the thumbs up or the little yellow face is, but it’s another feather in our cap. Question is, will AC Milan or Barcelona be visiting next season?
Back to the football, and April will be a make or break month, by the end of it we’ll have a better idea of our fate, with only 3 games left after it. Aston Villa away first up, mid table and with a somewhat dubious forward line of Savo Milosevic and Stan Collymore, but these are the type of players who will suddenly turn brilliant when playing your team, so I am cautious with my optimism, but can name an unchanged side as Duberry and Youngs are not quite fit enough.
Julian bloody Joachim. I’d forgotten he even existed, which is funny because so did Robert Jarni who was supposed to be marking him. 2-0. Urgh.
We batter them in the second half, and I mean batter them. 2-1 after 55 minutes, surely we will score again? No. No we can’t. This game is cruel! I take solace in the fact that Villa have a quite superb centre back partnership, in fact we can only score thanks to Michael Oakes attempting to pass back to himself and surprised that he wasn’t there to receive it, own goal. I just hope Liverpool suffer from the fixture congestion as they have 3 games in hand on me now.
An uneventful week lets me check a bit of paperwork and I realise to my surprise that 4th choice goalkeeper and class clown Ian Gray still has 2 and a half years left on his contract, what was the chairman smoking when he gave him a 4 year deal?!
Chelsea at home next and Walton is dropped for Duberry and Youngs returns to the bench, it gets no easier but at least it’s at home, one more big push boys, they don’t like our freezing changing rooms or pre match bread and dripping these Southern pansies!
A very decent first half, Tomlinson scores early to send the home fans mad, and we should score again but don’t, hope we don’t live to regret that.
We don’t live to regret that. Edgeley is bouncing and we are unlucky to only win 3-0. I want to say keep my feet on the ground, but sod that, let’s celebrate boys!
We’re back in 4th we’re back in 4th we’re back in 4th we’re back in 4th…
Everton have 2 games in hand but one of them is against Man United who have only lost once this season so I’ll be fine.
Bugger. Can’t rely on those buggers to do anything right.
Sheffield United at home next and it’s a game we should win. They are 19th and only ahead of abject Drby who are on a laughable 12 points, but of course they will be scrapping for their lives. We are also missing Mario Jardel to a one match man for totting up yellow cards so in comes the fit again Youngs, and I can also put Carlita on the bench to fill up my non EU quota.
What a first half that was! We go 1-0 down early on, but then we batter them, Tomlinson scores 4 times but 2 are disallowed, then John Ebbrell takes out Tom Youngs when he’s through on goal and doesn’t even get a booking, the second time that has happened after Staunton against Villa. So of course Ebbrell scores an equaliser before half time. I’m confident though, surely Alan Kelly can’t play that well in the second half?
Alan Kelly can play that well second half. 20 shots, 15 on target. Seriously. This game.
One game left this month, but that draw could really damage our season though. 4th, but for how long? Come on lads, let’s not let this peter out…
Games in hand have evened up a bit now…5th
Liverpool away to finish off, nice and easy right?! Jardel returns from suspension but Dario Simic is injured and Heidenstrom has come back from international duty knackered.
Once again we are comfortably the better team in the 1st half, and we deservedly lead. Who said the race for 4th place is over?! It really is atmospheric here, fair play to the Liverpool fans for making such a noise to support a team with Scott Booth unfathomably leading the line.
Best performance of the season bar none. We absolutely destroyed them, I know they are probably tired having squeezed in their games in hand but frankly I don’t care. 3-0 at Anfield, the dream is well and truly alive, what a way to leave it for the last month of the season!
Shock my arse…
The table looks interesting, especially for Big Kev, he’d love it, love it if Newcastle could get over the line. For us, we do have a slightly better goal difference than Liverpool so if they draw their game in hand we have the advantage… Every place is a triumph, but we are now guaranteed to finish in the top 7, I think Stockport would probably take that!
Matt will be back next Tuesday with the end of Season 2 but you can follow him on Twitter @PorterMatt