Beags- It's a very, very important game

Last updated : 13 April 2002 By Luke Thornhill
United have slipped down to seventh place in the league table after a run of unfavourable results, including the home defeat to Cheltenham and only managing a point against Rushden and Diamonds despite creating the better chances of the game.

"We haven't played particulary badly in those games, but the ball just hasn't been dropping for us," said Beags before todays match against Darlington.

"We've finished stongly, so fitness isn't a problem."

Going into the final two games of the season United know their fate is in their own hands, two wins will mean at least two more games at the end of the season.

If Shrewsbury Town and Hartlepool United fail to win today, we could have a playoff place sealed by five O'Clock.

"We've been renowned this season for free flowing football and we've got to do that," warned Beags.
"We realise that it's a very, very important game."

The club captain fired a warning shot to the Quakers, by stating that recent form means nothing when the stakes are so high.
"That's in the past, current form is in the past.

"When we make the playoffs we need to make sure that we're going in playing good football and with plenty of belief.

"That will be tough, especially if we get the likes of Cheltenham."

Record-signing Steve Torpey will sit out three matches after today's game, and will miss the playoff semi-finals, assuming we're involved in them.

"But then, he'll be back for the final," said Beags.
"We've got to try and make the final so he can be up for selection."