“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paul Coelho
It hardly seems possible that this should be the last game of the season, if indeed it is. Three results are still possible for us. We will either be Champions, merely promoted or in the playoffs. Before a ball was kicked in anger this season we would all have been very happy to accept any of these outcomes. Yet, following defeats in our last two games, a depressing howl of outrage has been heard all over social media as if some kind of uncaring betrayal has taken place. Fans are always passionate and we all long for those successes which make a lifetime of devotion worthwhile and which enrich our memories. However, in football ,as in life, you get what you get.
Had we won the last two games, as most people expected, we would already be champions. Bolton and Cheltenham have also wobbled and we all know just how unpredictable end of season games can be. “Unpredictable” hardly does justice to the extraordinary game at Harrogate which, upon calmer reflection, we should have won. We had so many missed chances, their fourth goal was offside and Paul Mullin should have had another penalty right at the end.
I am trying to be objective but the weather, the pitch and, yes, the referee seemed to conspire against us .At first it seemed like an horrific repeat of the cup game at Guisley but this was a different kind of debacle .There are no bad apples in the current squad. We made mistakes and were severely punished. They rode their luck to some extent. To be successful you need to be talented, consistent and lucky .At the end of the season the table doesn’t lie. If we are promoted it will be because we deserve it.
Finally a word for our opponents, who will be feeling desperately disappointed and would love to be in our position. They too will be considering all the what ifs and if onlys and they will come to us like a wounded tiger. As we went to Rushden all those years ago. They are a proud club with great fans. It has been their turn for a bad season and I hope that they bounce back very soon. The response of fans to the “Greed comes first” policy of the Big Six shows that the loyalty they feel to their clubs, as opposed to their owners, is beyond price. I hope that all Cambridge fans are celebrating by Saturday evening but, if we believe in fair competition, we have to accept that anguish is sometimes part of the deal.