Fans hoping for one last hurrah for Wanderers

Bucks Free Press: Wanderers fan Anwar Kritah comforts another supporter after their side's defeat by Bristol Rovers Wanderers fan Anwar Kritah comforts another supporter after their side's defeat by Bristol Rovers

UP to a thousand Wanderers fans are set to make the journey to Torquay tomorrow for what could be their club's final match in the Football League.

Defeat against Bristol Rovers on Saturday left Blues in the relegation zone, three points from safety and with just one game remaining.

The equation's simple - beat Torquay and hope either Rovers or Northampton Town lose, and Wanderers will retain the Football League status they've had for 21 years.

But fan Anwar Kritah said the travelling army will be heading to Devon more in hope than expectation - and fears they will only be there to witness the last rites.

The 29-year-old from Aylesbury said the picture above of him comforting a tearful fellow supporter after Saturday's loss left Wanderers staring down the barrel sums up the mood amongst fans ahead of their side's date with destiny.

He said: "It's pretty awful - the club's dying in front of your eyes and you can't do much about it.

"The Football League is everything. You take the ups and downs but if we drop out the Football League we'll struggle to come back."

He'll be at Torquay tomorrow, having supported Wanderers for 14 years, and said: "There's always a chance. You live in hope and that's part of the excitement of going to football, but I don't see it happening.

"We've got nothing to lose now - just go for it."

Wanderers hope to recreate the scenes at their 1999 great escape at Lincoln after offering discounted travel to fans to Torquay, with tickets for the five coaches being snapped up in a flash.

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