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Macclesfield A Step Closer to Safety

When Sol Campbell was appointed Macclesfield Manager, it was to a triumphant fanfare of his own confident ego kicking in and the fact that Macclesfield, were the strongmen of League 2 in propping everyone else up, cut adrift and seemingly heading towards the National League … Fast!

However, under his guidance, Macclesfield have had something of a transformation, being turned into a very formidable, solid and hard to beat team, which slowly but surely has eaten away at the distance between themselves and 22nd place ( the safety place) to such an extent, that they successfully dragged Notts County and Yeovil, by way of their own good form and the latter,s poor runs into trouble.

A run so good, that they were unbeaten in 5 games, with 3 draws and 1 win, on the back of going into this weeks game against Exeter City, themselves going for promotion, while Exeter themselves had not been on the best run, and though occupying the play off places, their current form was the opposite of Macclesfield’s so an interesting match awaited, with both sides obviously wanting the best result for very different reasons.

It was against this backdrop that a tense edgy game was expected at Macclesfield and on early starters it was Exeter City who took the lead, on 27 minutes, only for Macclesfield to pull one back, 3 minutes later, a lead which lasted precisely 4 minutes, before Exeter took the lead again, only to be pegged back again, deep into first half injury time.

Half Time: Macclesfield 2~ 2 Exeter City

The second half was a tense affair and going into the last 10 minutes, it looked as if it was going end all square, when Macclesfield, with 5 minutes remaining, took the lead again and managed to hold onto it until the final whistle, to Win 3~2.

The Win Lifts Macclesfield out of the bottom 2 and makes for a very interesting final few games, because, 2 points now seperates the leagues oldest Club, Notts County, who are now bottom on 37 points, level with Yeovil who are above them, going into the final 5 games of the season.

Will Macclesfield survive?… On current form it would be hard to bet against them

Up and down in League Two

The basement division of the Football League, League Two, is highly competitive year in year out with teams ensuring they don’t fall through the trap door and into non-league football at one end and at the other, teams desperate for promotion and the opportunity to play some well established and reasonably sized clubs in League One.

Some big clubs have fallen out of the Football League and struggled to come back with the likes of Wrexham FC, Stockport County and Macclesfield Town to name a few still plying their trade in the non-league side of the game.

With this in mind, we take a look at the clubs who look like getting promoted this season and those who unfortunately look like falling out of the Football League.

Firstly at the bottom end of the table, Barnet FC who currently occupy the last place are going to need a miracle to survive. The ‘Bees’ find themselves 7 points adrift of safety and with just 1 win in their last 5 games, they look a team bereft of confidence. The club did this week part company with manager Graham Westley and immediately after announced that Martin Allen would be back in the hot seat for the FIFTH time.

Whether Allen can provide the great escape remains to be seen, but with the club still having to play teams around them this could provide them with a platform for that escape.

The other team in desperate trouble at the wrong end of the table are Chesterfield FC, who like Barnet have gone through a change of manager this season as they bought Jack Lester in to replace Gary Caldwell in September. Despite the change of management the ‘Spireites’ still find themselves in trouble as they are 6 points adrift of Grimsby Town who are just above them in the league table, and with the two sides locking horns in early April it could be the decider as to who ends up going down.

At the top end of the division sees the side with one of, if not the smallest budget in the league flying high. Accrington Stanley finds themselves top of the league 3 points clear of Luton Town with a game in hand and on a run of 9 games unbeaten.

John Coleman’s men have surprised many to be sitting top of the league with just 9 games to go, but having played some attractive attacking football and having 3 players in double figures with goals its hard to deny ‘Stanley’ top spot in the league table. If they can continue the terrific run they have been on then come May they will be lifting the league title.

Luton Town were the early pace-setters in the league but recent form has seen them slip to second place and on a run of 5 games without a victory it will be cause for concern for the ‘Hatters’ supporters, as they would prefer to go up automatically rather than via the playoffs.

If the club can rekindle some of the form that they were in at the start of the season then there is no reason why they can go up automatically and also push Accrington all the way to the wire in terms of who will win the league title.

Wycombe Wanderers occupy the final automatic promotion spot in League Two and find themselves 3 points ahead of the chasing playoff pack. ‘The Chairboys’ have plenty of firepower in their team with Craig Mackail-Smith, Nathan Tyson and Adebayo Akinfenwa but indifferent form in recent times hasnt helped the club consolidate a strong automatic promotion spot.

Just two wins in their last five games will be cause for concern for the Wycombe supporters but with the playing staff they have access to and the fact that they are the leagues second highest goal scorers behind Luton, they will be hoping that they can fire themselves to promotion.

League Two fans let us know who you believe will go up and unfortunately go down this season in the comments section…