Monday, 21 January 2013

League Two round-up: 19/01/13

The adverse weather conditions put paid to the majority of games in League Two this weekend. Three matches did go ahead, however, and should the outlook improve, there could be a few more games this week before Saturday’s fixtures.
Northampton moved into the playoff places following their win at home to Burton. A single goal was enough for the Cobblers to secure maximum points. The goal came on 69 minutes– top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa’s looping header from Ben Tozer’s delivery being the difference between the sides. It was Akinfenwa’s 15th strike of the campaign and the result sees Northampton climb to 6th in the table.
Elsewhere, it was 17th versus 13th as a resurgent Wycombe side took on Dagenham & Redbridge. The hosts took the lead with just over half an hour played, through Sam Woods. That’s how it remained at Adams Park and victory for the Chairboys sees them move 10 points clear of danger.
There were no goals in the League’s remaining encounter, where York and Aldershot met. Both sides created opportunities but a share of the spoils was probably a fair reflection on the game, which proved difficult in such weather conditions. The teams finish how they started, in 15th and 21st places respectively.
Tomorrow sees an in-form Northampton side travel to Aldershot, while – weather permitting – there are games on Thursday (AFC Wimbledon v Port Vale) and Friday (Cheltenham v Rochdale).
Keeping an eye on tomorrow’s other fixtures, League Two’s knock-out specialists Bradford City head to Villa Park as they contest the second leg of their League Cup semi final against Aston Villa. The Bantams go into the game with a two goal cushion, having won 3-1 at Valley Parade earlier this month.
If the bad weather manages to hold off, the next round of League games will take place on Saturday. The pick of the ties sees Chesterfield meet Southend, with both teams pushing for a playoff place – three points separate 6th from 11th. Bottom of the pile Bristol Rovers travel to Rotherham while Martin Allen’s Gillingham will look to re-take top spot as they host The Minstermen of York.

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