Yes, it's there ok. Not only in the team but amongst Poolies as well. And no wonder. We've achieved something in this league at last.

Such is the confidence amongst supporters that some have even booked hotel accommodation in Bristol over the weekend of 19/20th June.

Altogether there are six teams in the mix for the play-offs and I think it would be worthwhile looking at Pools' results against the other five clubs over this season:

Bromley  Drew 0-0  Lost 1-0
Stockport Co  Won 4-0  Drew 1-1
Torquay Utd  Lost 5-0  Won 1-0
Notts Co  Won 2-0  Won 1-0
Chesterfield  Won 3-1  Won 2-1

Ominously. the one team we failed to record a victory against are our opponents on Sunday 6th June - Bromley. Still, I've every confidence that we can overcome them next Sunday - in front of a passionate Vic.
"Ominously. the one team we failed to record a victory against are ...Bromley"

DC has certainly made some crucial loan/permanent signings this season. Gary Liddle has sure tightened up the defence and the loan signings of Luke Armstrong and Ritchie Bennett added to the goals already being scored by Rhys Oates. Bennett was sure the surprise package; not a brilliant scoring record for Stockport but he turned it on for Pools.

Such is the team spirit at Pools that Nicky Featherstone gave Bennett the ball to take a penalty at Wealdstone - and thus net a hat trick. As for Rhys Oates - what a revelation he's been. In his first spell with Pools, no one ever doubted his effort and work rate but the goals just wouldn't come. His second spell at Pools has certainly seen some WILD OATES being sown. (And don't forget, he kept a clean sheet as a stand-in keeper on the occasion when Ben Killip had to go off injured.)

Well, what about Bristol City as a venue for the play off final? Better than Wembley and the place is reasonably easy to get to, particularly by train. Shame the final is being played the day before the restrictions are finally removed. (Hopefully they will be).

Finally, next Sunday's game against Bromley. They seem to have got themselves into a tangle over the kick off time. I have seen three - 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Seems its now 2.30pm as England's friendly against Romania starts at 5pm. Now we wouldn't want to miss that, would we? Yes, we would!!

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