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The League Two relegation battle: A fight to stay in the Football League

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Another round of games has been completed as the Easter fixtures secure English leagues to be even tighter. League Two is the root hub in English football and a few teams are fighting to survive relegation right now. You could say there are roughly seven teams who are threatened with the possibility so let's take a closer look at the current situation.

Barnet are currently bottom in League Two with 33 points from 41 games. With just eight wins the Bees have been struggling and don't look to be improving on their 15th placed finish last season. Just above them is Chesterfield on 34 points but have played three games less. This is the only hope for Jack Lester's side as they could face a possible consecutive relegation after their last-placed finish in League One last year. So those are the two sides which occupy the current relegation zone but who could also be under threat in the forthcoming games? For most teams, between five and eight games remain.

Hovering just above the red zone lies Grimsby Town. Four points ahead of Chesterfield, Michael Jolley's side have the worst attacking record out of any League Two side. Only scoring 33 goals is a sign of where the Mariners weaknesses are. Their 14th placed finish last campaign is just a memory and they can only hope to scrap it out in a hope to avoid the drop. But one thing to note that is quite remarkable. They haven't won in 20 league games! Out of a possible 60 points, they have only picked up 6!

Next up is Forest Green who are Football League debutants. On 40 points they aren't exactly out of danger but are six points ahead of the drop. Only winning one of their last five games they need to improve if they want to steer clear of danger. They have the worst defensive record in League Two conceding 69 goals.

Heading further up the table into 20th place we see Morecambe. Manager Jim Bentley will be aiming to improve on his 18th placed finish last campaign with the Shrimps. Being unbeaten from their past five games is a positive, and also picking up a win is a plus. A few more points here and there and Morecambe should be fine but that is easier said than done. The advantage they have over teams that surround them is they have one or two games in hand over them which could be vital by the end of the season.

In 19th place is Port Vale. The Staffordshire based side were relegated from League One last season after finishing in 21st place. The Valiants are managed by Neil Aspin and are currently unbeaten in three games. Nine points above relegation they look to be comfortable right now. But they will, of course, be checking over their shoulders in case there are any shock results from other sides below them.

Crewe are next up and have totalled 44 points so far. The Railwaymen finished 17th last campaign but David Artell's side look like they could possibly do better this season. Even if they don't meet those objectives it would still be a plus if they avoided relegation which would be hard to believe considering they are 10 points ahead as we speak. But they are not out of the danger zone just yet.

We could also include Yeovil but that would be pushing it considering they are on 45 points, 11 ahead of the drop. The Glovers have also won their last two games being unbeaten in three and also have a few games in hand over teams above them which means they could climb as high as 15th place.

So when we look at relegation battles there is a certain line we can draw at possibilities of who could and couldn't go down. That line gets thinner by every single game week and with only five to eight games for some, it is going to be very close down the bottom. If your team is fighting for survival you want them to make sure they put in 110% but for two sides this season they will drop out of the Football League into the National Conference.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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