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Match Preview: City v St Neots
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Apr 21, 2017, 09:09

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After 45 games, the stage is set for one final piece of drama before the curtain comes down on  a season that many Cambridge City fans will want to forget.

The Lilywhites, threatened with relegation all season, and at certain points looking like they would be cut adrift completely, have taken their fight for survival to a final game of the campaign.  That final game is a local derby against St Neots at Westwood Road tomorrow.

The permutations as to what City need to do to beat the drop are slightly complex.  But the bottom line is that City need to register points.  A defeat is clear cut and the Lilywhites will be down.  A draw would be fine if Cirencester beat Kings Langley.  However, a win for City  would then open up other possibilities of surviving especially if Kings Langley and Dorchester - who travel to Stratford - record defeats.

City boss Robbie Nightingale will be sending his troops out into battle reminding them that they are playing with confidence that has seen them go on an unbeaten run of 5 matches, with 4 of those being victories.  That form has stopped the fat lady from singing in recent weeks and set-up the last day showdown.

That showdown looked at one stage as though it would be a straight shoot-out to avoid the drop between City and the visitors tomorrow.  However, St Neots have hauled themselves away from safety.  This has been largely due to the contribution of Jevani Brown who has hit a hatful of goals since signing from Stamford at the end of December.

City will be hoping that striker Norman Wabo will be fit after missing the draw at Kettering on Easter Monday through injury.  Elsewhere, boss Robbie Nightingale has no new concerns ahead of the match that he has called "one of the biggest in the history of the club".

Ironically, it is almost 20 years to the day when the Lilywhites escaped the drop on the last day of the season.  On that occasion City went to Merthyr needing to win.  With the match poised at 1-1, a certain Neil Harris was sent clear in the 6th minute of injury time and the rest as they say is history.  City fans will certainly be hoping for the spirit of 97 to be in abundance again tomorrow and that history does indeed repeat itself.

If you cannot get to the game, then you can keep up to date from what is sure to be a dramatic afternoon at Westwood Road.  BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will have updates throughout the afternoon.  Meanwhile, the club Facebook and Twitter feeds will be updated too with a full report on the website after the final whistle.

A big crowd is expected so make sure you get to the ground in good time to see if City can indeed pull off the great escape.  Kick-off at Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.

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