BURTON Albion still requires a point from their final two matches of the season to mathematically ensure that they will be playing league football for the first time in their history next season.
The Brewers now have 88 points from 44 matches, and are six points ahead of the only team that can equal 88 points – Cambridge United.
Roy McFarland’s side also currently have a better goal difference by six goals, meaning that if his side win or draw in their final home league game on Friday night they will guarantee the title.
Albion defeated one of their promotion rivals on Easter Saturday, as a crowd of 3,311 at the Pirelli Stadium saw Histon beaten 3-1 with goals from Aaron Webster and Andy Corbett and a first-ever league goal for substitute Ryan Austin. The way other results went on Saturday meant that if Albion won at Kidderminster Harriers on Easter Monday they would win the title there. Despite taking the lead right on the stroke of half time through Lee Morris the hosts, despite playing their fifth match in 10 days, were the stronger side in the second half. Harriers scored twice to deny Burton the title, when other result meant that a draw would have been enough to have see them crowned champions there.
Attention now switches to arguably the most important home match in the club’s history on Friday night when Oxford United are the visitors. The match should see the biggest league crowd at the Pirelli as Chris Wilder’s team still harbour hopes of sneaking into the end of season play-offs. They are a point off fifth spot as it stands and would be firmly there if they hadn’t had five points deducted earlier in the season for fielding an unregistered player.
They took over 2,500 fans to Woking on Monday. Coupled with the fact that it is the chance for Burton fans to hopefully see a bit of history, it has all the hallmarks of being a very special evening. The match kicks-off at 7.45pm and isn’t all ticket, except for the main stand.