The view from the cemetery at the moment is usually of low clouds and rain, apparently never ending rain. But we did get a game on last week down in South Durham, and a cracking result against a good West Auckland team. Well deserved and I hear it could have been more, with the evergreen Mr Larkin in super form at present and often denied by the keeper making some great saves. We seem to be ending the season in fine form, and with most people available most of the time, that spell in mid season when we could hardly raise a side seems long gone, but where would we be if that hadn’t happened? Probably too high up the table given all the FA shenanigans, so maybe it's all worked out for the best. Big game against Benfield, with their own everlasting striker in young Brayson, and more tough ones after that, but top six looks like a realistic target, and maybe top four, who knows? One game at a time as the pro's say, and no doubt there will be some funny results over these last weeks as clubs try to fit a mass of fixtures in, and injuries and pre arranged holidays take their toll. A lively end to the season anyway, and a few home games to look forward to on nice Spring evenings.
And higher up than us, is it Morpeth or Marske for the title? Just on weight of fixtures and the likely problems of fielding a side I guess you have to fancy Morpeth, but given the funny results to be expected and mentioned earlier you never know. And it will be interesting at the other end, where RCA might have a say in who goes down. Synners and Washy are all but doomed but it's a tight fight between Bishops and Jarrow Roofing to escape the drop, with Penrith and Guisborough looking on anxiously. We have Bishops to play twice and the Roofers and Guisborough once each yet, with Guisborough and Bishops likely to be our last two games and both at Meadow Park. Might boost the gates.
Elsewhere Mr Coleman’s endless struggles continue, looks like he has a half decent side going forward now, much too late of course, but still absolutely calamitous at the back. Can’t defend crosses to save their lives and every time he signs a keeper they are worse than the one before. Unbelievable. Will they be able to stay in League One, that's what I wonder. Not without another round of team building, and to be fair his signings to date don’t fill you with confidence in his ability to spot a player. I’m afraid we will see.