Confirmed

So its done… the Dons are mathematically assured of taking part in the end of season madness that is the playoffs, and are all but assured of a top three place as well – unless Wrexham start racking up double figure victories, in which case a point will do it.

A comfortable victory it was too. The Dons were never in trouble in a game that effectively turned into a training exercise. Beyond the obvious bonus of not picking up any injuries, we also welcomed back Christian Jolley following his magic sugar injection (or whatever it is…), and Luke Moore rediscovered his goalscoring touch. All in all, a good day… We can only hope our remaining three games are as sedentary as this one sounded…

The playoffs are starting to take shape now, with the Dons six points clear of Luton, still requiring seven points to guarantee second place but in reality probably only need to take four to be sure once Lutons stuttering form has been taken into account. Luton play Histon and Eastbourne before finishing against Wrexham, which should at least ensure they pick up enough points to stay ahead of the Welsh side. Before that they face a tricky trip to York, who pretty much need to win to stand any chance of hauling themselves into fifth place.

Kidderminster face a distracted Wembley-bound Darlington side on Tuesday night, victory will set up their big game on Friday against Fleetwood – a match which could go a long way to deciding who the Dons face in the semi final. I’ve already admitted Kidderminster will offer my best chance of actually making it to the first leg… I think the selfish reasons for my desire to see them qualify could backfire – I might not even get the afternoon off for a start… And we know whoever we face will provide a stern test.

The next couple of weeks are going to be a bit weird, I’m sure most of our attentions will be on who is going to join us and confirmation of who we will play and when. I don’t know about you but as far as I’m concerned the playoffs can’t come quickly enough. Before then, there are four games in the next two weeks to look forward to, starting on Tuesday when a combination of young reserves and first teamers in need of game time take on Hendon in the LSC…

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