Shrewsbury prepare for decisive Easter weekend

Two weeks ago I went on record stating that if Shrewsbury could pick up a victory away at Morecambe and at home against Port Vale then we would be celebrating promotion come May.

Well this was nearly the case, after successfully picking up three points on the road at Morecambe, we then played host to Port Vale.

We took the lead in the 50th minute through a James Collins goal, only for the game to be dramatically called off fifteen minutes later due to a fire in the family stand.

So now I now have to rejudge my earlier prediction. This weekend we had Dave McCalister sent off in our disappointing 1-1 home draw with Aldershot. This was the second sending off we have seen in our side in the last two games (not counting the abandoned game with Vale). This could not have come at a worst time in the season for us with two massive games in the space of three days coming up.

Over the easter weekend we face two teams who are looking to face a survival battle come the final month of the season, obviously this could go eitherway.

First we travel to Moss Rose this Friday to take on second from bottom and in serious danger of relegation Macclesfield Town. Moss Rose has been kind to us over the last two seasons, with us registering two victories in our last two encounters. With a big turn-out expected in the away end, I feel as though we can pick up a victory here, even with a number of key players missing through suspension.

The following Monday we face struggling Bradford City at home and for me this is a crucial game for us as Torquay travel to an in-form Oxford. This means they could face a real task to get something from that game. If the Gulls fail to pick up three points and we do, it puts in a position of power come the final run-in.

Following this we have two home games and with our home form being as good as it is, it wouldn’t be too stupid to presume we can pick up the points needed to help us seal automatic promotion.

However as a Shrewsbury Town fan we all know it never quite runs that easy. Lets just hope for no more fires.

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