Third time lucky for promotion-chasing Shrewsbury?
The first time the weather meant the game was called off and the second time a fire in the family stand after 65 minutes brought the game to a halt with the home side a goal to the good.
So with only hours to go and no sign of any bad weather or technical difficulties within the ground or on the horizon Shrewsbury prepare to host Vale in what looks set to be the most important game of their season.
We go into tonight’s game in second place sitting four points clear of fourth place Crawley. Providing we do the job against Port Vale that gap will at the very least stay the same as Crawley themselves play tomorrow night, hosting a struggling Northampton side.
If Northampton are to do us a favour tomorrow and defeat Crawley, then we could all be celebrating promotion on Saturday with a victory away at Accrington Stanley.
But lets not get ahead of ourselves yet because as all Shrewsbury fans know, if anybody is going to be the team to stop us, its our rivals Port Vale. The Valiants haven’t lost in their last three visits to the Meadow ( not including the abandoned game) and they have always proved somewhat of a thorn in our side in big game situations.
Despite the fact the Staffordshire club have nothing to play for, they will want to be the team to finally end our unbeaten home record and put a major dent in our promotion hopes, which if they did beat us is exactly what would happen.
Shrewsbury have been able to keep their team fit this campaign and I believe that has been a major factor in our promotion push. Following Saturday’s impressive and very professional 3-1 victory over a solid Rotherham United team, confidence will be high at the Meadow and the players will need to keep that mentality as we continue to knock on the door of League One.
I’m normally one to give out predictions but in these circumstances I’ve been overcome with superstition. Every game seems like a play-off final at the moment and I’m sure it will be the biggest night of our season so far. Lets just hope we can do the job and then Aidy Boothroyd and his men can do us a massive favour.
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