Will we see an upbeat ending to the season?

Back in August when the season started, we were hoping for an upbeat ending but the season hasn't quite been the walk in the promotional park that we expected.

So what can we expect to get from Shrewsbury's visit on the last home Saturday match of the season? A win with a repeat of last season's 6-0 drubbing in that April might do for starters. However, just as then, the points from six 1-0 victories would have been a lot more valuable than, for example, the astonishing nineteen draws we have somehow amassed this season.

That's a grand total of twelve more than Shrewsbury who are bottom of the draw-frequency table, with only seven in total. They're also bottom of the goal difference table with 33 goals for and 63 against, leaving them on -30. Such a statistic suggests that Alfie May has every chance of getting within touching distance of his own +30. Add in being the division's lowest scorers too and the Addicks defence could, maybe, look forward to a trouble-free afternoon as well.

Despite their 2-2 draw at Bolton on Tuesday, Shrewsbury are mathematically still in the relegation mix although it seems unlikely they'll get dragged into the bottom four from their current position of 18th. They are six points above Cheltenham who sit in 21st with a game in hand but that means they've more to play for than the Addicks, whose highest possible position is now a rather unlikely 13th.

It's been a long road from Leyton Orient on Day One to where we are now, but, with those Shrewsbury statistics, hopefully we can enjoy a sunny ending to the season, regardless of what the unpredictable April weather brings us. Those who are walking for the Upbeats will be hoping for a bit of sunshine too and good luck to everyone involved in that.