Wednesday, 26 April 2017

League Two is where the action's at

All eyes last weekend were on the FA Cup, the Premier League and La Liga, but the season climax in League Two is just as exciting as those more acclaimed competitions, with drama, stories and controversy throughout the division.

With two matches remaining only 6 of the 24 teams have nothing to play for. At the top of the table Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth have all clinched automatic promotion, but any of the three could go up as champions as just 4 points separate them. For Portsmouth it could represent the start of a comeback following their fall from grace that saw the 2008 FA Cup winners go into administration and relegated three times.

Behind them a staggering 11 teams could find themselves in the play-offs. 5 points separate 7th place Stevenage, currently occupying the final coveted spot, and Grimsby Town in 14th. Two of the sides battling for a chance at promotion are, like Portsmouth, trying to bounce back from adversity. Blackpool, currently sixth, are trying to recover from relegations and financial problems that took them from the Premier League in 2011 to League Two, and Luton Town in fourth, who were a top flight team in the 90s, are trying to get back to the third tier of English football having got back into the Football League in 2014 after five seasons in the Conference.

It's tight at the bottom of the table too. Although Leyton Orient are already down, Newport County, Hartlepool United and Cheltenham Town are all battling to avoid joining them, and just above them, Yeovil Town aren't mathematically safe. Newport, currently 2 points above the drop-zone, were amazingly 11 points adrift of safety 6 weeks ago when caretaker manager Mike Flynn took charge, but 6 wins in their last 10 matches have taken them clear of the relegation positions. Their move has been at the expense of Hartlepool, who will themselves have a caretaker manager in charge at the weekend following the sacking earlier this week of Dave Jones after calls by lifelong Pools fan and Sky Sports Super Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling for him to be sacked. Just above them Cheltenham's manager Gary Johnson hasn't been sacked, but is recovering from heart surgery in March.

With every single match in the division having something riding on it this weekend and drama happening on and off the pitch, look out for the League Two results this Saturday.