With just seven games left to play this season, Notts County’s chances of League Two survival are hanging by a thread.
It seems almost extraordinary that a club of their history, infrastructure and tradition could drop out of the EFL, but here the World’s Oldest Football League club are, three points adrift of safety, with time running out.
A 1-0 home defeat to Exeter City last weekend summed up what a disastrous season it has been for the Magpies – they had every chance of picking up an invaluable three points when Ryan Bowman was sent off early on for the Grecians, with many starting to feel like the tide was turning at Meadow Lane.
But despite playing against 10 men for the best part of 70 minutes, the Magpies failed to make their possession count, and they were dealt an almighty sucker-punch when Nicky Law snatched a winner for City in injury time.
A devastating blow to add to a plethora of catastrophes this season, and with the club’s future hanging in the balance and ownership problems rife off the pitch, Neal Ardley’s men simply must get back to winning ways against Stevenage this weekend.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why the trip to the Lamex Stadium will be the biggest game in Notts’ history…
No room for error
At this stage of the season, there is simply no room for error.
If Notts lose again on Saturday and the teams above them win, they could well be six points adrift of safety, with a much worse goal difference compared to the teams around them.
That would be almost impossible to turn around at this stage of the season, so Saturday really is a must-win game.
Teams around them have tough games
When you take a look at who the teams around Notts are facing this weekend, you have got to say that the Magpies have the biggest chance of winning.
23rd placed Macclesfield Town travel to league leaders Lincoln City, whilst Yeovil have a tricky home test against Newport County, who will be desperate to get their play-off push back on track for one final time this term.
A win could put them level on points, if all goes to plan.
Recent events at Yeovil Town
Notts’ relegation rivals Yeovil Town have just parted company with their manager Darren Way, with the Glovers currently in freefall at the bottom of the League Two table.
They currently sit 22nd in the league standings, but their fans and players will be on a high with a new manager set to come in and take the reins.
Notts experienced a lift when Ardley came to the club, and you’d expect them to pick up when a new boss arrives at Huish Park.