I know it's not like me to make bold predictions (and that doesn't mean they will be right) but we're getting close to the end of the season and I'm feeling a tad carefree.

I just have a hunch that it will be Southend United versus Torquay United in the npower League 2 Play-Off final at Wembley this year, and if that's the case I'll be backing the Essex boys to narrowly prevail later this month.

There, I've said it. And I hope I haven't jinxed those teams involved but that's the way I see it panning out based on form and what I've seen of all four sides this season. For me, there's not too much to choose between Crewe Alexandra, Cheltenham Town, Torquay or Southend, but under Paul Sturrock's expert management the Shrimpers just about deserve it in my view.

As my ears were glued to the radio on Saturday afternoon I did wonder if Southend were going to sneak into the top three at one stage, but Crawley Town eventually got their noses in front at Accrington Stanley and held on to secure that place for themselves. It was nervy for them, as Accy missed some golden chances to score but over the course of the campaign it's hard to argue they don't warrant it.

Since strikers Tyrone Barnett and Matt Tubbs, shortly followed by manager Steve Evans, left the club, Crawley have been hanging on in there so the players deserve tons of credit for the way they've stuck to the task. It would have been easy for them to sulk, or throw in the towel but they believed they were still good enough to go up, and so it's proved.

Back in August I did predict that Crawley would be promoted, so I'll just sneak a quick gloat in there as well!

If Steve Coppell stays on as director of football it could be a really interesting summer at the Sussex club. Will they spend the cash they brought in on strengthening the team? Or will they try and survive with what they have? Their fate could be decided by whichever course of action they choose.

Down at the bottom we've said a painful farewell to Hereford United, who must be heartbroken at losing their npower Football League status, despite beating Crawley and Torquay in their final two games.

They proved what a powerful side they can be but sadly for the Bulls fans it was too little, too late. Jamie Pitman and Richard O'Kelly, along with the players will be devastated, and knowing football folk as I do they will be running various goals they've conceded or chances they missed, throughout the season and regretting what happened. If only we'd done this, if only we hadn't done that. It will be agony but when all is said and done, they can't turn the clock back now. I feel for them, I really do.

Elsewhere when I look around the division I think there will be some clubs feeling pleased with their season's work and others telling themselves they must do better next year.

Bristol Rovers really must improve and I am 99 per cent certain that they will. Under Mark McGhee they've made enormous strides and given the talent within their squad it's hard to imagine them languishing near the basement yet again in 2012/13.

Rotherham United are another club who will expect huge progress to be made. They have the manager they want in place now, and Steve Evans is bound to shake things up over the coming weeks and months.

The Millers will start life in a new stadium in August too, and boy will they be happy about that. I don't think many tears will be shed at leaving the Don Valley Stadium, which was the worst place to play football in the whole world. It had no atmosphere and the pitch was often dangerous. Hopefully that's the last time we'll see football played there.

As for those teams who should give themselves a pat on the back as they head off on their holidays, I'd give Jim Bentley at Morecambe a special mention and Steve Davis at Crewe Alexandra too - although he'll be hoping his season extends all the way to May 27 of course!

The biggest over achievers though, and the team that stands out are Dagenham & Redbridge.

With very little money to spend, they looked down and out a couple of months back but they survived easily in the end, crowning the season's climax with a 4-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

John Still and his players stared adversity in the face and said, no thanks, we can survive this, and they did it with flying colours. Well done the Daggers.