By Tony Alvarez
There are currently 5 sides for whom it is mathematically possible to gain automatic promotion these being: Wycombe,ShrewsburyTown, Accrington Stanley, Stevenage andGillingham. However realistically it will be a straight shoot out between current occupiers Wycombe Wanderers andShrewsburyTown.
Although the other clubs are mathematically still in the race Accrington are 5 points behind 3rd placed Wycombe and Stevenage andGillingham are 6 points behind with just two fixtures remaining.
Wycombe leap frogged Shrewsbury in the table after yesterdays 2-0 victory over Crewe whilst Shrewsbury were held at home by Accrington Stanley giving the Buckinghamshire side with a 1 point advantage over their promotion rivals.
Although Wycombe’s fate is in their own hands Gary Waddock’s side have not got things easy next time out they travel to already promoted Bury who are only 2 points behind Chesterfield at the top of the table and will be fighting for the title, on paper the last day of the season gets easier as they host Southend who currently sit 11th in the N power League 2 table.
Shrewsbury’s final fixtures are somewhat easier, although the club will have one home game and one away the same as the rival they will initially travel to Cheltenhamwho lie 17th in the league table before hosting Oxford United who occupy 12th place in the league.
Although it doesn’t mean a single thing as it cannot possibly come down to a straight shoot out between the clubs, in the two fixtures between the clubs in the league this term the was nothing to separate the sides as they played out a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury’s Greenhous Meadow stadium and a 2-2 draw at Wycombe’s Adams park.
Wycombe are unbeaten since mid March however there results have been littered with draws which has cost them a shot at the title. If the club are to draw either of their two games between now and the end of the season then I fear it will be a play off spot for them.
Shrewsbury have lost recently being humbled 3-0 at Aldershot but have picked up more points than Wycombe, confidence should not be a problem even though they drew yesterday it was against a good Accrington Stanley side who themselves are on a promotion push.
I personally thinkShrewsburywill take the maximum 6 points from their final two fixtures and it will be up to Wycombe to beat that, although they are more than capable of going to Bury and getting a result it will be difficult as Bury still have all to fight for themselves.
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