Date: 12th March 2016 at 7:49am
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With Northampton consolidating their lead at the summit of League Two, attention turns to the chasing pack, and the fight for the other automatic promotions spots.

Plymouth are in third on 65 points but have only won once in five league matches. Argyle have taken 32 points from 17 games on the road this season though, and they need to get back to winning ways to avoid falling further from the leaders.

Accrington are the hosts and are eight points and three places behind the visitors following a midweek defeat at home to Portsmouth. Winless in four, Stanley have fallen short of challenging for an automatic promotion place but know that a win could put them back in contention.

Also on 65 points, but with a superior goal difference are Oxford, who need to address their home form if they want to bridge the gap to the top. The U’s host Leyton Orient, who are in eighth on 53 points, outside the play-offs on goal difference alone. Player-manager Kevin Nolan has been forced to sign Premier League goalkeeper David Gregory from Crystal Palace after Charlie Grainger broke a bone in his hand.

Northampton extended their lead to 13 points, and they have the easiest fixture on paper this weekend. Town take on a mid-table Cambridge who have two wins in five. Just three points off the top-seven, United could do with the win but it will be a tough ask against a side who have only lost five times this season.

18 July 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Northampton Town v Derby County - Chris Wilder, Manager of Northampton Town - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Chris Wilder’s Northampton Town team are 13 points clear at the top of the table. Photo: Marc Atkins/Offside.

At the other end of the table, Dagenham & Redbridge face the fight of their life with a crunch match against Hartlepool.

The Daggers are bottom but have taken five points from their last three matches, and are now only six points from safety. United are in 22nd and are the team precariously placed above the drop – a win could be vital for the chances of survival for either side.

Portsmouth’s victory against Accrington in midweek has taken the south coast side just six points behind Oxford and Plymouth. In fourth on 69, Pompey have won three of their last four and are favourites this weekend against an inconsistent Newport. With two wins in their last five, County sit in 19th, although they are a healthy 11 above the drop.

Fifth-placed Bristol Rovers aim to put the pressure on the top-four when they host a faltering Mansfield.

The Pirates have won their last three games and are level on points with Portsmouth. Town succumbed to a last minute winner in a 1-0 defeat against Yeovil last weekend which has seriously dented their play-off hopes. Two points outside the top-seven, the Stags need a victory to keep their hopes of League One football alive.

Elsewhere, play-off hopefuls Exeter City host another team aiming for the top seven, Carlisle United, Luton welcome Crawley to Kenilworth Road, AFC Wimbledon make the long trip north to Morecambe, Wycombe host Stevenage, in-form Yeovil face Notts County, and York face Barnet at Bootham Crescent.

League Two Fixtures (Saturday, 3pm)

Accrington Stanley vs Plymouth Argyle
Bristol Rovers vs Mansfield Town
Exeter City vs Carlisle United
Hartlepool United vs Dagenham & Redbridge
Luton Town vs Crawley Town
Morecambe vs AFC Wimbledon
Northampton Town vs Cambridge United
Oxford United vs Leyton Orient
Portsmouth vs Newport County
Wycombe Wanderers vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town vs Notts County
York City vs Barnet

 
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