Stockport County Safety? 51, 52, 53 points?
As we come to the sharp end of the season, just how many points will County need to survive?
Must say back in August I did not expect to be thinking about this as we go into April. I had hoped County, under Jim Gannon, would be tucked up nicely somewhere in mid-table. Not threatening the play-offs but not anxiously looking back, teetering on the edge of the drop-zone.
So, we are where we are and last nights victories (Lincoln spanking Braintree 3-0 at Braintree ! Hyde beating Cambridge 2-1 at Hyde) were most unwelcome. Gateshead secured a decent point at home (well where ever home is nowadays for the Heed) to Grimsby as well. Only Mansfield seeing off Nuneaton went for us. The pressure is well and truely back on and for me, that feel good factor after the Newport vistory has evaporated.
Just how many points will County need from the remaining 6 games?
Ruling out Telford and dare I say Ebbsfleet, there are still a lot of other sides involved in the scrap. Barrow, Nuneaton, Gateshead, Southport, Lincoln, Alfreton, Tamworth, Hyde could all drop out and looking at all these clubs remaining fixtures (and that was a dull half hour) I think County may have to get to 53 points to be safe.
So where will those 8 points come from?
Four away games and just two remaining home fixtures. Now, I think we need to be safe before Kidderminster away. Not a nice thought needing to go there and get something.
Finger in the air time.
A point at home to Grimsby
Three points at home to Dartford
A point at Alfretorn
A point at a very tired Gateshead
Hmmm... we will need a point at Macc and that takes us to 52. Did I say we needed 53 to be safe.......... think it's going to be a case of this
Clench those buttocks County fans!