So it all comes down to just 90 minutes of football. The whole season will be decided not only by events at The Dripping Pan, but also at Grosvenor Vale, HA7 and Ram Meadow, Bury St Edmunds. Despite the excellent form of the Rooks over the past two months with 23 points from a possible 33 and topping the current form charts, those pesky Stones from the place on the Weald simply kept on winning as well, and despite their ridiculous back log of fixtures caused by their FA Trophy run (again the league punish the teams who represent their league better than anyone else), they simply kept on winning, finally breaking into the play off places with a win at Margate on Tuesday night. Bury Town on the other hand had hit a patch of poor form at the wrong time, losing points here, there and everywhere. But as they faced rudderless Tooting and Mitcham it was hard to see how they could get anything but three points.
In the twenty four hours before the game the good luck messages started streaming into the club.
“Good luck, fellas. Win or lose, play-offs or not, it’s been a terrific season. But stay off the pies and Harveys until full-time.”
“Good luck and whatever happens thanks for a memorable season and hopefully both the players and management remain for next year.”
“Come on you lovely lot, we’re right behind you! Possibly eating chips & drinking beer, but supporting you all the way. COYR!”
“from a new found supporter and now owner, all of Rome is behind you! Good luck and do what you do best, win :) Ciao, a presto!”
Even the rain that had blighted Southern England could not dampen the spirit of the fans. The pies were ready, the beer had been poured. Our bumper end of season programme was selling like hot cakes (have a look for yourselves here) and our club shop had been decimated like a pack of locusts by the fans wanting their Rooks merchandise. After a week of remarkable football scores in the Champions League that had seriously upset the odds, was there going to be one final twist that would cause shock waves across the Ryman League? Only time would tell. That and constant refreshing of Non League Live. Continue reading