The final league game of the season is on Saturday when FC United of Manchester are the visitors to St James Park.
FC United are already relegated, currently level with Ashton United and 7 points adrift of safety, the defeat on Easter Monday at Blyth Spartans and results elsewhere extinguishing Neil Reynolds’ team’s hopes of extending their 4 year stay in National League North.
When the sides met in October on Reynolds’ first game as manager at Broadhurst Park, the sides drew one goal each, Jimmy Armson levelling for Saints on the hour. Over the last four seasons the teams have shared some exciting games with FC United’s supporters following their team in good numbers and adding to the atmosphere at SJP.
FC United's away form alone, with 7 wins, would put them in safety in 15th place but just one home win all season has consigned the Manchester club to the bottom three.
Following Saints’ draw at Chester on Monday, Kevin Wilkin’s side needs to win to make sure of 3rd place, anything less means that a win for Spennymoor against Curzon Ashton would see The Moors leap-frog Brackley to secure a semi-final play-off place and home advantage.
Saints put in a fine away performance at Chester restricting The Blues to a rare chance but were unable to convert a host of chances themselves into a goal, ultimately having to settle for a point.
”The game on Saturday is a massive game for us,” Kevin Wilkin said after the Chester match. “We know what we need to do. The outcome remains in our own hands and that’s how we wanted it. We will use the week to re-group again and make sure we are solid on Saturday, stick the ball in the back of the net and hopefully be in a bit more of a comfortable place.”
The fixture will be an extra special occasion featuring the formal presentation of last season’s FA Trophy (replica that the club retains). Soprano and national anthem singer Emily Haig will perform on the pitch before the game https://www.emilyhaigsoprano.co.uk/. The whole day will be held in support of the Henry Allen Trust, a fantastic local charity with a close club connection, of which Emily Haig is a patron.
The end of season presentation follows in the evening starting at 6.30pm. All supporters are welcome to attend this important occasion. Tickets are free but numbers are limited so ask at the ticket office for your ticket.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action via updates on the club Twitter feed and on BBC Radio Oxford.