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League Two: Aldershot seek survival at Rotherham, AFC Wimbledon host Fleetwood

SoccerNews in English Premier League 25 Apr 2013


With the promotion places all but confirmed in League Two, the final instalment in the battle to avoid relegation from the Football League will take centre stage on Saturday.

Gillingham sealed the title with a point at home to AFC Wimbledon last time out, and look set to be joined in League One next season by Port Vale and Rotherham.

Vale are all but promoted, but know that a point at Wycombe will confirm their return to the third tier.

And a draw at home to Aldershot should be enough for Rotherham to wrap up the last automatic place too.

With the top three virtually decided, and the four play-off sides merely fighting for home advantage in the end-of-season tournament, the relegation battle looks set to be the likely source for final-day drama.

Aldershot need to win, hope Barnet or Dagenham and Redbridge lose and manage a huge swing in goal difference if they are to avoid a return to non-league.

After a poor start to the campaign, manager Andy Scott was handed the reins in February but has been unable to extend their five-year stay in the Football League.

They will be joined by any one of six sides separated by just two points going into the final day.

AFC Wimbledon sit in the second relegation place going into Saturday and host mid-table Fleetwood.

A win for Wimbledon will leave Barnet as the most vulnerable of the sides above them. A 1-0 win over Wycombe last Saturday in the last match to ever be held at Underhill has ensured that survival is in their own hands as they travel to play-off bound Northampton.

Barnet sit level on points with Dagenham and Redbridge, who welcome fellow strugglers York City. York sit one place and one point above Dagenham, and are still not guaranteed to avoid relegation themselves.

Meanwhile, both Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United are still not mathematically safe either. Torquay host Bristol Rovers while Plymouth travel to Rochdale.

Back at the top, Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion are the only sides with even the slightest hope of squeezing into the top three. A win for Cheltenham at home to Bradford coupled with a defeat for Rotherham would see them steal the last automatic promotion spot, while Burton must win at home to champions Gillingham and hope a whole host of other results go their way.

Elsewhere, Oxford United, fresh from announcing a new contract for manager Chris Wilder, finish their season with a trip to Accrington.

Southend complete their campaign at home to Morecambe and Chesterfield host Exeter.


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