A note from the Chairman

Read Ken Anderson's latest column to the club's supporters on bwfc.co.uk

Despite the result against Oldham not being what we would have hoped, our destiny is still very much in our own hands as we head into the final fortnight of the campaign.

Of course, disappointment was very much the key feeling after the game, but we are still in a very strong position looking to our last three games of the season.

It is a set-back, but it is not one which will define our season. It is simply going to be a case of picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves down and putting this game behind us as quickly as possible.

We still have a four point advantage on third place and should results go our way on Monday afternoon, we could go into Tuesday’s match against Bury able to confirm our promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship with victory.

It is very much fine margins in football and especially now, at the business end of the campaign, that is as true as ever.

The magic statistic however is for us to win two of our remaining three matches – if we can do that, then regardless of how other teams around us fare, we will be promoted.

I am sure that the chasing pack would prefer to be in our position at this stage of the season however as opposed to playing catch-up as they are. There will, as I keep saying, be more twists and turns along the way, but we are tantalisingly close to achieving our dream and I firmly believe we can do just that.

We are united across the football club, from the manager and the team to all of the staff and the supporters – we have come this far and together, we can succeed.

Speaking of unity, your backing of over 4,300 supporters at Oldham was fantastic to see and it was a real shame that on this occasion, the players could not reward you with those important goals.

The players gave their all however and it is not very often that a team will have efforts hit the bar and cleared off the line so frequently in a game without coming out of the match itself with something to show for their efforts.

We have certainly been dealt a number of blows in regards to injuries in recent weeks, but the players who have featured have performed admirably while those who have been sidelined will hopefully be able to play some part in our final run-in.

Our focus now though moves on to our home game on Tuesday night against Bury where I am sure there will be another good turnout where your backing will once again prove crucial, as it has done on so many occasions so far this season.

Please show your support for the team vocally as I know you can, while home and away shirts are now just £15 and training wear has also been reduced at Bolton Central. Please visit in-store or online at www.bwfcdirect.co.uk to take advantage of these offers.

Tickets for our End of Season Dinner meanwhile are still available in limited numbers and can be booked online at www.eticketing.co.uk/bwfc or by phoning 01204 673 761.

We were also delighted to confirm that Jem Karacan will remain with us for another month after the expiration of his previous short term deal.

A player of his calibre has certainly added to the ability we boast within the squad and we are very pleased that we have been able to retain his services during the final weeks of the campaign.

As usual, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team while I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Kind regards

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