- Bridlington Town win. Bridlington Town win the championship.
- Retford United win. Retford United win the championship.
- A draw. Retford would have to win their game in hand Tuesday night to win the championship. Anything less than the three points for the Badgers on Tuesday would hand Bridlington the championship (Retford opponents Tuesday are midtable Thackley)
Retford were meant to play Thackley on Thursday night but due to the terrible weather we have been having over here, the game was called off at 1.00pm due to a water logged pitch. It would have been nice if it had been played as it would have meant the championship would have been decided today but there was no way it could have been played given the pitch. We travelled to the game in two car loads today. Felice was treating his good lady to a morning's bird watching and paddling on the sea front. The Jolly boys car left a tad later at 11.30am or so. Thankfully the weather was holding out as a midweek replay trip up to Bridd didn't really appeal. Radio 5 live were live at St Marys commentating on Southampton's victory over Coventry which gave them promotion back to the Premiership. This meant that West Ham (A side Felice has a soft spot for) were condemned to the playoffs. I chose not to text him the result but instead asked him what birds he had spotted. He must have been busy because i didn't get a reply to my question asking if he had seen any Parrots, Blackbirds, or Great Tits.
|View from inside the stand.|
We went round to the other end of the ground (towards the goal that Retford were attacking for the first half) Quite a few Badgers fans were packed behind the goal and were roaring their heroes on. Retford took the lead on 65 minutes when Karl Slack latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper, and coolly rolled the ball into the back of the net. As it stood Retford had the championship in their grasp and the fans got ready to party. Retford had a golden chance to wrap up the game, the championship, and promotion when substitute Carl Haslam tried to lob the keeper but saw his effort float wide. Its on moments like this that games are won and lost and all too often incidents like this come back to bite you on the arse. Retford were dominating the game now as Brid struggled to close them down. Retford thought they had scored a third when they bundled the ball home from a corner but it was (rightly) chalked off for handball.
Then came the sickening blow. In the 90th minute Brid forced a corner and yep you guessed it they scored. This was followed by 6 minutes added on time of which the homeside totally dominated, thankfully the ref blew time and called an end to proceedings.
At the end of the match Retford manager Brett Marshall lead the players over to the Retford fans, who had backed their team brilliantly all afternoon and applauded them. Likewise the fans returned the applause to the players. Who have played some great football over the season in difficult circumstances.
Lincoln City's disappointing 2011/12 campaign ended on a high note with a 3-2 away win at Ebbsfleet United. Gainsborough Trinity confirmed their place in the Blue Square North playoffs and will face FC Halifax Town over two legs. Good luck to them.
Next season we will welcome old friends Maccelsfield Town into the BSP following their relegation from League Two. So thats another decent away trip for next season. All we need now is for Barnet to join them although is looking more like it will be Hereford United who take the drop. Never mind though thats another new ground that i need to do. :-)