The Lions secured a place in the play-offs this season with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Oldham Athletic.
Oldham were not very athletic with a couple of the fattest players seen at The Den since Tony “The Belly” Kelly’s brief loan spell more than 20 years ago. Lee Croft and Anthony Gerrard must have been sporting the XXXL shirts.
We only needed a point against Oldham but, by the time Shane Ferguson netted on 40 minutes to make it 2-0, following Byron Webster’s fifth minute opener, the win was secured.
We now go to Gillingham on Sunday (May 8) to see if we can round off the league season well to take momentum into the play-offs. We will soon know our opponent’s for certain but currently it looks like being Bradford City. The Yorkshire side will be tough opponents but our strikeforce should be causing them fear if we can get Lee Gregory back by then.
Saturday saw the Player of the Season Awards on the pitch before the Oldham match.
Our young goalkeeper Jordan Archer won the award with a massive 47% of the vote in his first season in the team after ousting first choice keeper David Forde back in August.
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Archer has made many spectacular saves this season and looks like he has the potential to become a great goalkeeper at the top of the British game. We just hope that he sticks with our club but we might need to get promotion for that to happen with Premier League Everton rumoured to be sniffing around.
Lee Gregory secured second place in the votes with 31% after he saw his game click in the Port Vale match in January. Since then he has looked a completely different player to the one who was struggling with injuries.
Home-grown midfielder Ben Thompson, 20, got third place with 13% of the votes after bursting onto the scene and securing his starting place in the team as late as February.
He also secured the goal of the season award for his volleyed strike against Shrewsbury Town and the Young Player of the Year award too. In some ways it is a testament to how good a season it has been for the Lions that there have been so many strong candidates for awards.
Stand-in skipper Steve Morison has had a great season, leading the team by example but he only managed to get fourth on the list. He might not have made the top three in the awards, but without his efforts this season we would not be anywhere near the play-offs. His experience has been invaluable.