Chesterfield still have chance of play-offs but it will be a tense finish to National League season, says Spireites fan columnist

We are at the business end of the season now and it looks like it is going to be incredibly close whether we make the play-offs or just miss out, writes our fan columnist Roland Gent.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 10:11 am
Chesterfield are still in with a chance of making the play-offs as the season draws to a close.

Fixture-wise it could be key that Notts County face Bromley twice, obviously both of them can’t pick up maximum points, while Wrexham also play Notts. Halifax have to play Dagenham and Redbridge and Maidenhead United away which are two tough games, before their crunch game with us on the last day at The Shay on May 29.

So it will not be an easy finish for any of the sides fighting to get in the top seven. After that, if your side is in the play-offs it is a small matter of three cup finals to get promoted, which is a fairly big ask.

The play-offs still look a possibility, but it looks like we are running out of defenders. Right now anyone who questioned just why James Rowe brough in so many players is getting an answer.

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Haydn Hollis is out long-term, Fraser Kerr has picked up an injury and Gavin Gunning is putting his body on the line to get through matches as he manages a hamstring injury. Perhaps the manager will have to bite the bullet and recall Will Evans who seems to have disappeared off the radar?

Looking back at the win against Woking last Saturday, four goals away from home is no mean feat and three goals direct from corners could be some kind of club record!

Meanwhile, Southend United and Grimsby Town are attracting derision for their decision to appeal against getting relegated from League Two because they feel it is unfair as there is no relegation from the National League this season.

It is an interesting slice of logic and I can’t see them winning an appeal. If that is their attitude they could always set up a breakaway European Useless League in which they get to play the worst teams from Spain, Italy and France in a mini league with no relegation, I’m sure there wont be many protests against it.