Preston fall foul of cold snap to delay late play-off push

With the cold weather striking the country on Friday morning many games were in the Football League were subsequently postponed with Preston’s home fixture against Brentford was one of the games that was lost to the weather. (although Burnley’s game just down the road still went ahead).

As things turned out on Saturday, Preston didn’t drop any positions and remained 14th in the table, still 9 points behind 6th placed Stevenage and the final play off place. However with time running out and Stevenage with a game in hand over Preston, it would now take a miracle if we were to make the end of season play-offs which look to be very tightly contested this year. At this moment in time there hasn’t been a date for the rearranged Brentford game but I can only presume it will be the end of February or the beginning of March.

Looking ahead, Preston play Tranmere, Hartlepool and Sheffield United in the next 2 weeks and these 3 games will be critical in deciding which direction Preston will be heading between now and the end of the season. Undoubtedly Sheffield United away will be the hardest of the three games and almost every Preston fan would be delighted if we were to come away with just a draw at Bramall Lane.

Similarly to Preston, Tranmere are in a shocking run of form having won just 1 of the last 16 games and it will be a case of two out of form teams trying to arrest the slides that they are on, but for Tranmere if this run carries on, it will only be a matter of time before unpopular manager Les Parry is given the boot. In-between these two games Preston play Hartlepool on the 14th. After changing managers their form has been erratic to say the least and credible results like a 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday has been counterbalanced with a 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Scunthorpe.

However, for many Preston fans including myself, this will be a sombre affair, as on Saturday afternoon we heard that seventeen year old Jordan Grant had passed away after a cardiac arrest. Jordan was a very popular person both on the social networking site Twitter and in Preston and will be sorely missed by his family, friends and myself. In the 17th minute of the Hartlepool game we plan to have a one minutes applause in memory of Jordan and I can be sure it will be an emotional moment for everyone who knew him but it will be a very fitting tribute to such a wonderful lad who couldn’t fail to put a smile on your face.

By Sean Marshall. When not watching his beloved Preston, he can be found writing about them on his blog.