We are entering that stage of the season whereby fans are tuning into local or national radio stations, and furiously updating social media to learn of the results of their nearest league rivals, whilst agonisingly watching their own team throwing everything to either try and avoid the drop, or climb the Football League ladder.
It’s the same in Sky Bet League 2, whereby a promotion place and a relegation spot could be confirmed by 5pm this evening.
The fight for promotion
Scunthorpe United could be the first team in the division to win promotion, but only if they beat Oxford United at Glanford Park. Even that may not be enough though. They need both Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion to drop points in their fixtures against Wycombe Wanderers and Newport County to secure automatic promotion. Also, if Chesterfield lose away at Dagenham and Redbridge, and the Iron win, Russ Wilcox’s side are pretty much promoted, due to the fact Chesterfield have both Fleetwood and Burton in their remaining two fixtures. Both Fleetwood (81) and Burton (80) can still achieve enough points to overtake Scunthorpe, but it would also result in Chesterfield dropping points.
The battle to beat the drop
Torquay United will be relegated if they fail to beat local rivals Exeter City at St James’ Park, but even a victory may not be enough to save Chris Hargreaves’ side. Wins for Bristol Rovers at home to Rochdale and Wycombe away at Fleetwood would relegate the Gulls regardless of the result at Exeter. If both of these sides draw, a victory for Torquay would leave them six points behind them with two games remaining, albeit with a significantly inferior goal difference. One of these games is against Wycombe on the last day of the season at Plainmoor.
There are still a number of issues that need sorting at the top and bottom of League Two, and with all teams in the bottom half still not mathematically safe from relegation, and the top five battling for those top three automatic spots, the final three games promise to follow the same trend we’ve seen in League Two all season… excitingly unpredictable!