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FL ROUND UP: A Round Up Of The FL Action

20 April 2015

We take a look at the promotion and relegation scraps in League 2, the Conference and League 1.

It was a big weekend for Burton who secured their promotion to League 1 with a 2-1 at Morecambe. Albion striker Lucas Akins scored a goal in each half to secure the win, with Morecambe scoring a late consolation.

Burton, who have lost just twice in the 25 games that Jimmy Hasselbaink has been in charge for, are now eyeing the League 2 title, but will have to go to the final game of the season as they bid to pip Shrewsbury, who are two points behind. 

The Shrews know that they need just one more win from their remaining two games to follow Burton's lead and secure promotion to League 1 following their slender 1-0 victory over York City.

In third place Wycombe conceded ground on their promotion rivals, playing out a goalless draw with Wimbledon whilst Bury and Southend both won their games to keep their hopes of sneaking into the automatic places alive.

There's some big matches left in League 2 this season, but possibly none bigger than tomorrow's 4th vs 5th match between the Shakers and the Shrimpers - a win for either side would see them move above Wycombe into an automatic promotion spot. A draw between the two sides would mean that Shrewsbury's promotion would be confirmed without them kicking a ball.

Stevenage scored an 89th minute leveller at Accrington to keep their play off hopes in their own hands, whilst Plymouth remain in the play offs only on goal difference after falling to a 2-0 defeat against Plymouth (a win that secured Carlisle's League 2 safety).

Luton grabbed their first win in three games with a 3-0 success over strugglers Hartlepool who remain outside the relegation zone despite suffering their third defeat on the bounce.

Northampton's slim chances of reaching the play offs are still alive, beating second-from-bottom Cheltenham 3-0. Exeter missed out on the chance to move to within a point of the play-offs, losing against Southend by a solitary goal. Their play-off hopes now seem unlikely, as they sit four points adrift, and with a goal-difference of -4. 

At the bottom, the relegation scrap is very much alive with Tranmere, Cheltenham and Hartlepool battling to secure the one survival spot. Just three points separate the three sides with just two games to go.

FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

At the top of the Conference Barnet go into the final game with a one point lead over second placed Bristol Rovers. Both sides are at home this weekend, Barnet playing host to mid-table Gateshead and Rovers entertaining relegation battlers Alfreton.

In the fight for the play-offs, Grimsby are already secured their spot alongside either Barnet or Bristol Rovers, but Eastleigh, Forest Green and Macclesfield will all be after wins to try and extend their season. 

LEAGUE 1

Already confirmed as dropping down to League 2 are Yeovil, but above them any team up until 14th placed Oldham could still get dragged into the scrap. Notts County and Leyton Orient could jump out of the bottom four should they win their games tomorrow night, but the relegation picture won't become any clearer until this weekends scheduled matches are completed. 

At the top, Preston and MK Dons are fighting it out between them to find out who will follow in Bristol City's footsteps and secure automatic promotion. Swindon are already securely into the play offs, whilst Sheffield United and Chesterfield both have their play off places almost guaranteed with just Rochdale able to catch either team, and then only by making up the eight and nine point deficit from their final three games. 

Gearing up for another season in League 1, with no chance of promotion or relegation are Fleetwood, Gillingham, Barnsley, Peterborough, Bradford and Doncaster.

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