Macclesfield Town's exit from the npower Football League has saddened me greatly. It's a blow.

Having helped to bring the club into the league 15 years ago it hurts to see them drop back into the Conference, and my immediate thoughts have drifted towards my former chairman at Moss Rose, Arthur Jones.

He was a wonderful chairman, a lovely man, and the person who helped keep Macclesfield Town afloat financially as we strived to reach the Football League in the first place.

Arthur guided us towards the Conference title only to see us refused a place in the old Fourth Division because the stadium wasn't up to scratch. He funded the development of the ground so that it was in order and he watched us win the FA Trophy too, but tragically he never got to see his dedication and hard work result in promotion to the hallowed turf of the Football League.

It was down to him that Macclesfield made it, but with his business failing he took his own life before we got there. He'd have been so proud to have seen the club at that level, and now that they're back in non-league I feel extra sad that his fabulous work has now been whittled away.

The Conference is a very tough division and unless Macclesfield Town buck their ideas up, they will find it a struggle to return. I really hope they can manage it but I fear next season especially, could be hard for them.

In stark contrast I must congratulate Shrewsbury Town on their promotion.

To go an entire season unbeaten at home is an unbelievable record and because of that sensational run they fully merit the praise they're receiving right now.

Graham Turner is a manager I've had plenty of run-ins with over the years but I'm delighted for him. He's gone back to Shrewsbury, a club which is dear to his heart, and he's transformed them into a quality outfit. He's a manager that knows npower League 2 inside and out and he's used that vast experience to tremendous effect this year.

I can see Shrewsbury Town doing pretty well at the higher level next season too.

There's so much at stake this Saturday on the final day that I don't know where to start, but it will be fascinating to see which club claims third place.

Crawley Town are in the box seat, knowing a win at Accrington Stanley will take them up but if they could have picked an away game to finish on it wouldn't have been this one.

Accy have little to play for but that can be dangerous, and on their home patch they often produce top performances. They're a funny side but not one you can take for granted, so Crawley will have to work for three points.

Southend United are another side that could sneak into the automatic spots and I do believe they will apply pressure to Crawley and the other contenders Torquay United, by beating Macclesfield at Roots Hall. I can't see any other result.

For me, Paul Sturrock has had a truly outstanding campaign. He's faced so many ups and downs it's been ridiculous, and because of that he's needed to use all aspects of his vast managerial expertise to keep the team in the hunt. So many things have happened on and off the pitch but he's stayed calm, and guided them to a fine position.

The Essex side may angrily look back at the abandonment of their game at Aldershot Town if they fail to go up this weekend. They were leading 1-0 at The Rec against 10 men when the floodlights failed, only to lose the rearranged game. If that bad fortune hadn't come their way they would be sitting pretty in third spot, rather than fifth.

Arguably the biggest match of the weekend takes places at Edgar Street however, as Hereford United host Torquay. A home win, could save the Bulls from the drop (if Barnet don't beat Burton Albion) while the Devonians could go up themselves if they prevail. It's a winner takes all contest.

What a match to end the season on, and what a Saturday afternoon we all have in store. Enjoy it, if you can!