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Is The League One & Two season coming to an end?

Friday saw a very important meeting take place, with all the owners off the respective League One and League Two clubs, as they come to an agreement with what to do with the rest of the 19/20 campaign.

LEAGUE TWO

After a lengthy meeting on Friday, owners off all of the league Two teams decided that the best option for everyone involved was to finish the league two season, and decide the final table on Points Per Game (PPG).

This would mean that Swindon, Crewe And Plymouth Argyle would all be promoted to League One. Unfortunately, this would mean that Stevenage would be relegated to the National League for the first time in a decade. This means, the Play-Offs would be played  just like any other season ( Two Semi-Finals and a Final) to determine who the final promotion spot goes too.

A statement on The League Two Season was released by the EFL on Friday.  Here is what was said:

“Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board.

In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the Board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”

So, therefore, the vote is subject to approval from the EFL and the FA.

League One

In the same way as League Two, The Owners from all of the respective League One clubs held a meeting to determine what would be the best way to finish the League One Season.   However, they couldn’t come to an agreement on what was best, but IF League One was to be determined using PPG, Coventry & Rotherham would be promoted to the Championship.  Subsequently, Tranmere Rovers, Southend United & Bolton Wanderers would be relegated to League Two.  Just like League Two, however, The Play-Offs would stay the same, (Two Semi-Finals & A Final) to determine the final promotion place.

Here is what the EFL had to say on the League One Season:

“There were varied views shared in League One and it was determined that there would be a further period of reflection and consultation to understand what creative solutions could be implemented. It was acknowledged that the need to find innovative and creative solutions was of paramount importance as was the need for decisions to be taken quickly.” 

There is expected to be an announcement on the League One Season in the next couple of days.

Morecambe v Walsall – Match Preview

Tuesday (17th September 2019) will see The Shrimps Host Darrel Clarke’s Walsall Side in what will be a Interesting game on the Lancashire Seaside Coast.

The Shrimps will go into this game hoping for their first home victory of the season, making it their second so far. In their last game, Jim Bentley’s side suffered a 3-0 to a very poor Scunthorpe side, goals from Proctor, Van Veen & Lund, saw the Shrimps off in what was a very one sided affair In North Lincolnshire.

Also the Saddlers will be going into the game hoping for their second victory of the season. In their last game they suffered a 1-0 defeat to a very in-form Bradford City side, an own goal by Kinsella made sure that the Bantams took three points in the Midlands.

Last time The Shrimps faced the Saddlers was back in 2015 in the first round of the JPT (now known as the Leasing.com trophy). Jim Bentley’s side managed to see off the Saddlers in what was a 2-0 comfortable victory for the Shrimps, goals from Jamie Devitt and Tom Barkhuizen secured the shrimps a place in the next round of the JPT.

Both sides have had an equally poor start to the 19/20 League Two campaign:

Morecambe P8 W1 D3 L4

Walsall P8 W1 D3 L4

With both sides only winning one fixture this season, this will be one very interesting affair at the Globe Arena.

Can the ‘Super White Army’ gain back-to-back promotions?

This season has been one of the greatest seasons for Tranmere, they got promoted from the National League thanks to a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood in the Play-Off Final last season, but this season has made them dream higher. Will they be able to gain promotion to League One?

This incredible journey started back in the 14-15 season, when Tranmere were unfortunately relegated back to the Conference after a number of years in the Football League, then after 3 seasons of playing non-league football, they finally bounced back, and since then the ‘SWA’ have been on the up!

Micky Mellon’s side are now unbeaten in 8 games, sit in the play-offs, and now have a opportunity to move into the automatic promotion places (depending on other results going their way). This season has been incredible for Tranmere, and a huge part of their success is down to their home form, the Rovers have only lost a small number of home games, making Prenton Park their ‘Fortress’!

Also, Tranmere managed to reach the third round of the FA Cup this season, but unfortunately were beaten 7-0 by Premier League giants, Tottenham Hotspur.

Could the ‘Super White Army’ gain promotion to League One?

Morecambe vs Forest Green: Match Preview

This Saturday, relegation candidates Morecambe will host the play-off pushing Forest Green Rovers at the Globe Arena, in a match that could prove instrumental in determining the outcome of both side’s seasons.

The Shrimps enter the match off the back of a very unfortunate 3-2 defeat away to fellow relegation strugglers, Yeovil Town. The Shrimps started well, entering half-time 1-0 to the good, but unfortunately lost the game 3-2 via a late Ryan Seager winner. The Lancashire side have been good on the road recently. The loss against Yeovil signalled the end of an unbeaten away streak of 5 games that included Jim Bentley watching on as his side beat Paul Scholes’ Oldham at Boundary Park.

Forest Green are also looking to bounce back after a 2-1 loss to league leaders, Lincoln City. A shock looked on the cards when Reece Brown put the rovers up within 10 minutes, but a John Akinde brace ensured the Red Imps continued their march to the title.

The last time the two sides met was back in November 2018, when the Shrimps managed to bag a late winner at The New Lawn, courtesy of Morecambe skipper, Aaron Wildig, who scored the only goal of the game. Will the shrimps manage to sink the play-off pushing side again and keep themselves afloat?

Morecambe and Forest Green both face a tough run of fixtures after their clash. The Shrimps have a bout against League-One-Dreaming MK Dons on the horizon whereas Forest Green Rovers face Colchester, who sit level on points with them.

More Worries for the Wanderers?

Bolton Wanderers were forced to close their training ground as of Monday due to financial worries continuing to mount over the club.

This Monday, it was announced that the Championship side would have to close their training ground due to food shortages. According to sources, training ground staff were told not to report for duty due to ‘Food And Water shortages’.

However, this isn’t the only worry for the Wanderers. They
currently face a winding-up petition from HMRC, the players and staff haven’t been paid their February wages, and the club are also in negotiations with the Greater Manchester Police regarding money owed over the policing of matches.

The wage issues at the club seemed to have had a negative impact on the players. Bolton have won a mere 6 games so far this season, with some of the players even refusing to play before the season started due to no payments from the Greater Manchester side.

The Wanderers are currently situated in 23rd in the Championship, with the threat of relegation looming over the club. Last season they narrowly managed to stay in the Championship thanks to two late goals from club captain, David Wheater, and Aaron Wilbraham.

Will They be able to pull off the great escape again? Bolton face a tough run of fixtures to end the season, including trips to fellow relegation-candidates Millwall and Wigan as well as a vital home clash against East-Anglian side, Ipswich Town.

Will the Wanderers be able to turn their season around and save themselves from relegation back to League One?