Shrewsbury prepare to seal long-awaited promotion

‘One more goal, one more goal’ was the chant being screamed out of the sold-out terrace at the Crown ground last Saturday as Shrewsbury Town came within 25 minutes of sealing their place in league one next season.

That goal never came and their was a strange atmosphere come the final whistle, a sense of frustration among Shrewsbury fans who felt as though they had done enough to confirm our promotion but realising that they would have to wait one more week to do finally so.

As we were leaving the ground an enthusiastic Town fan was shouting at the top of his voice ‘ Come on lads, it will be better to do it at home, seal it next weekend’ and in many ways he was right.Yes it would have been fantastic to have won promotion last weekend, to have finally got the chip of our shoulders and get out of fourth tier for the first time since 1997, but we all now know it is just a matter of time. Three days to be exact.

A solitary point on Saturday will all but seal our promotion, with a 12 goal advantage over Torquay in terms of goal difference, it is highly unlikely that a point on Saturday would not guarantee Graham Turner’s men a place in League one.

A win however and we finally return to League one, regardless of other results, this of course is the ideal situation.

I am sure that Dagenham and Redbridge will prove formidable opponents for us and they will no doubt be out to spoil the promotion party on Saturday. The Daggers, who are safe from relegation, have not lost in their last eight games so it will not be an easy three points for us.

However it will be a more than fitting way to finally seal our promotion on Saturday by making it an incredible whole season unbeaten at home in front of a sell out crowd for the first time at our new ground.

Come on you Blues! Three more days!

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