Date: 29th April 2008 at 6:58pm
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The Mariners did not start the season well and had to wait till our 7th game in where we picked up our first league win beating local rivals Lincoln City 2-1 at Sincil Bank on 22nd September.

At first, it looked like Town could of been facing a relegation battle but following the Lincoln win they then went on to get a win against Saturday`s opponents Hereford. Then straight back to struggling to get a win.

Following Town`s two wins in September they then had to wait until 20th November before they could find another win, losing 7 and only drawing once, with the draw coming against Bradford.

However, Town had done well in the JPT, eventually making it to Wembley. In the JPT, we managed to pick up wins against Huddersfield, Rotherham and Doncaster. So why were Town struggling to win in the league?

After beating Huddersfield in the quarter-finals of the JPT, Town then lost to Morecambe 2-1 before knocking Carlisle out of the FA Cup first round with a 1-0 victory at Blundell Park before they went out in the second round on Saturday 1st December to a 3-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

By now Town had only picked up one other win, coming between the first and second round of the FA Cup, beating Barnet 3-0 at Underhill. By this time, Town were three places and two points above relegation.

The Mariners then played Darlington in the hope they would move away from the drop zone but ended up losing the evening game at Blundell Park 4-0.

Things then started to look up for the Mariners has they went on to pickup a 1-0 win at Brentford followed by 1-0 win against Mansfield. This was the start of Town`s turn around and climb back up the league towards the play-offs.

The Mariners went on to draw with Accrington before losing at home to Accrington. Town were now back to being in 20th place and five points clear of the drop.

Our last game in December came against Lincoln and was the start of a terrific run. Town beat Lincoln 1-0 at Blundell Park. We then went through the whole of January with out losing a game, picking up four wins and two draws.

Was the Mariners now in with a chance of finishing in the play-offs? Simply answer is, yes. Town were now 9 points away from the play-offs.

The Mariners also enjoyed a 2-1 victory against Stockport in the JPT area semi-final to make it to the two legged area north final to face Morecambe.

February seen Town continue their good form continue has they drew with Notts County before winning against Chesterfield and Macclesfield. Our 11 game unbeaten run came to an end on 16th February against Dagenham and Redbridge with a the game finishing 4-1.

Town went on to get a draw at Wrexham before facing Morecambe in the area final of the JPT. The Mariners then beat Morecambe 1-0 at Christie Street before going back their and getting a 4-0 win in the league and were now only 7 points behind the play-offs and with 11 games remaining.

The Mariners looked to hang onto their lead from the first leg of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy and did so has the game finished 0-0, The Mariners were going to the new Wembley, where they would face MK Dons in the final.

Back to the league, The Mariners next game was against MK Dons, was this a preview of what was to come in the final. Well Town ended up losing the game 1-0 at Blundell Park.

Town then picked up two wins out of the next three games, beating Barnet before losing to Darlington and then winning at Mansfield.

Town had one game remaining for Alan Buckley to pick who would and wouldn`t play at Wembley. The Mariners lost to Brentford 2-1 but were still filled with optimism has we now was only 5 points behind the play-offs and with a possible 18 points remaining.

The big day had arrived, were Town strong enough to beat the league leaders, again a simple answer was no. Town left Wembley with a 2-0 defeat. I`m not going to sit here and contemplate what could have been.

Back to the league and it`s all gone pear shape has Town now slowly moved back down the league with loss after loss that has now seen us lose all five games in April and go on a seven game losing streak.

The Mariners will travel to Hereford on Saturday for the last game of the season, where hopefully we can end with a victory but my view is, I can not see us beating them based on recent performances and results.

To sum up, the Mariners started poor before going on that brilliant run at the beginning of the year and then the thought of going to Wembley, for some strange reason, has seen the players performance go down and now we can not get a win.

Let`s hope for better next season and progress back up the league and into League One.