he latest installment of Newport County's play-off drama sees the Exiles travel to Cambridge United on Saturday where a win may be the only result that keeps their top-seven hopes alive.
While County are unbeaten in their last four matches, back-to-back 0-0 home draws have hampered their push and sees them down in 13th position in the table, five points from seventh. And while they do have a game in hand on those above them, they also have vastly inferior goal difference which will likely act as an extra point come the final reckoning on May Day weekend.
When asked if tomorrow's game is make or break, boss Mike Flynn said, "If it [the deficit to 7th place] gets to seven or eight points with five games to go then it's going to be very difficult. It all depends on what everyone else does but we've got to concentrate on us; get the three points and see where it gets us."
Cambridge have only won a single game in their last six, but that was a resounding 3-0 away at high-flying Bury and have run Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic close in that period as well; not bad for a team languishing in 20th position in the table, just eight points above the relegation zone.
Flynn was upbeat about the size of squad available to him, for Saturday's crunch game, stating, "We might be missing one or two but they're all ready to go; and it's good we've got Scot Bennett back as well. He's been really good for us. We probably could've risked him on Tuesday but we felt that with three weeks of the season left, it'd be more beneficial to get that bit more training into him and not rush him."
Joss Labadie required stitches in an ankle injury on Tuesday night but he is also in contention for tomorrow. Flynn said of that injury, "It was one of those freak accidents; there was no intent, no malice. It just happened to be Labs when he was playing so well. It was very frustrating, what with Jamille as well. It ruined our rhythm."
With Jamma coming off injured during Tuesday night's game, Ade Azeez is in line for a starting role against the team he began the season with. He scored three goals for the U's before he transferred to South Wales and has showed his quality, largely from the bench, since doing so. He is becoming a fan's favourite so will be looking to build on his performances in amber so far.
Flynn continued, "I'd take a 1-0, right now. They've picked up under Colin (Calderwod) so it's going to be a tough game; they've got some really good players as well. We need to go in there knowing that we need to be at our best to get the points; it doesn't make a difference that we've beat them already."
He assured the crowd, "We've been looking at what we think is the best way to go tomorrow and you'll know what we've decided when the teamsheets come out."
So it's another game in which the eyes of the city will be upon, first of all, Mike Flynn's team selection and secondly, the performance those players produce. How much do they players want to reach the play-offs? Can they do it on a day where teams above them slip up? But one thing's for sure, there's bound to be more twists and turns before the trip to Morecambe on May 4th.
Prediction: Cambridge United 1-2 Newport County