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Season Review: March

A difficult March means it will go down to the wire

18 May 2017

Town’s good run in January and February had led to an increase in optimism around the Greenhous Meadow and with Town set to take on the bottom three sides in their next three games some fans were even looking towards mid-table.

Paul Hurst however had his feet firmly on the ground as they went into the first of that trio against bottom side Coventry. The game was marred by a serious looking head injury to Coventry midfielder Andy Rose. The match was stopped for 19 minutes as Rose received treatment after a clash of heads and it seemed to knock the sails out of Town. Tyler Roberts had a great chance to give Town all three points from the spot in first half stoppage, but his weak penalty was comfortably saved and Town never really got going in the second half.

Roberts would make amends the week later when Town took on Chesterfield. The young West Brom loanee opened the scoring inside the first five minutes after linking well with Freddie Ladapo. However, Chesterfield managed to get back into it when Ian Evatt headed home before half-time and Town couldn’t find a winner with Chesterfield ‘keeper Thorsten Stuckmann proving the hero for the home side.

Those two points would be the only two that Town would pick up in a disappointing March. A soggy Friday Night trip to Port Vale saw Town beaten 2-1. Neither side performed particularly well in poor conditions, but two quick second half goals from the hosts was enough to take all three points. Former Vale favourite Louis Dodds got one back late on, but it proved to be a mere consolation.

Hurst’s fine home record was then dented when high-flying Bolton visited the Meadow. Hurst had lost just one of his previous home games in charge, but this would be his second defeat as a powerful Wanderers side showed their quality with a 2-0 win. It ended a difficult month and meant April became even more important in Town’s race for survival.