THE end is nigh for Town and Railway this weekend with a fragmented season coming to an end for both parties.
Rail’ will boycott the Royal wedding celebrations today for their final fling at home to Cammell Laird after a hectic last month in Evo-Stick First Division North (3pm).
Simon Weaver’s men meanwhile are gearing up for the annual pilgrimage to the New Bucks Head to lock horns with AFC Telford tomorrow (3pm).
Town can finish 11th in the final shake-up with a positive result and the Wetherby Road gaffer insists everything is still to play for.
“Everyone wants to play in the last game and get themselves in our thoughts for next Thursday when we finalise the squad for next season,” said Weaver.
“It’s a very important game. We want to go there and spoil their party just like we did for Alfreton. It’s really great for us it’s a big game on the final day of the season.”
On Saturday Town’s ten game unbeaten run was ended by Droylsden who picked up a 5-1 win at their Butcher’s Arms fortress.
Graeme Armstrong’s late spot kick Town’s was only consolation.
“We told them after the game that if they put in a performance like that they can’t expect to be given a deal in a few weeks time,” added Weaver.
“We told them in no uncertain terms there needed to be a response on Monday.”
And luckily for them there was.
Town were a lot better on their home patch against Workington and banished the Droylsden defeat with a 2-0 win thanks to goals by Richard Marshall and Armstrong’s 22rd of the season.
“In the second half I thought we played some really good stuff,” said Weaver.
“Now we need to finish on a high. Since Christmas it’s been a real confidence booster to the whole club the way we’ve performed. We are very competitive now.”
Town will be at full strength for their final flourish.
In the Rail’ camp consistency is the buzz word floating around Station View with boss Nige Danby looking for more of it next season.
It’s been another frustrating week for Danby who witnessed a hard fought 2-1 win over Radcliffe Borough on Saturday thanks to goals by Steve Palfrey and Michael Duckworth.
But then they were beaten 3-2 by Wakefield on Monday. Palfrey and Duckworth again on target for Rail’.
“We went into the Wakefield game with two wins on the bounce but we couldn’t keep it up, it’s been plaguing us all this year and really been the story of our season,” said Danby.
“We’re looking to finish on a high. We want to win so we will stay in the position we are at the moment. We don’t want to finish third bottom.”
Rail’ are missing Craig Parry and Simon Parkes through injury.
Interestingly Dave Ward is at a wedding. “I don’t think he’s had an invite to the Royal one,” joked Danby.
“Knowing Wardy he’ll probably be watching it on TV.”
After tomorrow the Rail’ lads will welcome the break before the start of the 2011/12 campaign by flying off to Benidorm for a group tour.
“First there were just a few going, then a couple of parents, now there are a few committee members going,” said Danby.
“All in all I think there’s 21 of them.
“I think it shows how close the changing room is.”
Rail’ are currently fourth bottom in the table safe from the drop to the Northern Counties Premier Division.