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Sporting Life Easter League Two Preview

18 April 2019

After such a long, dramatic and thoroughly entertaining campaign, this Easter period is the time when things start to get settled in Sky Bet League Two – the potential, hope, expectation and fear can become reality – either glorious or painful.

This weekend delivers 50% of the remaining four games and so we can expect the drama, entertainment and nerves to continue.

One thing we do already know is that Lincoln City will be in Sky Bet League One next season after confirming promotion last weekend. A huge congratulations to Danny Cowley’s side on an excellent campaign from start to finish. After play-off heart break last season, they showed what clever tinkering, not panicking and keeping continuity can do for you – elements some clubs in the higher leagues could learn from.

The Imps will be crowned champions if they win on Friday away at Carlisle, before hosting Tranmere on Monday.

Bury are also closing in on promotion after returning to winning ways over Colchester last time out. They'll be looking to beat Newport on Friday away and see both Mansfield and MK Dons fail to gain three points in order to bolster their position in the top two.

Unbeaten in three, Mansfield take on Morecambe and Oldham, while MK Dons have a huge chance to right back-to-back defeats at they face Notts County and Port Vale. However, the Dons only have one win in four against John Askey’s side.

Tranmere remain in the automatic hunt as Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for March, Micky Mellon, has guided them to just one loss in 12 matches, winning nine of those.

That form will be tested to the extreme against Forest Green – currently four points behind Rovers – and Lincoln.

For Forest Green, a trip to Cambridge follows their match with Rovers, as they look to build on consecutive wins.

Exeter are holding off Carlisle in that final play-off spot with four points separating the two. Crawley and Stevenage make up The Grecians Bank Holiday fixtures, while Carlisle host Lincoln and then travel to Grimsby, a side that defeated United back in October.

As we move to the bottom, we see that Easter could represent Notts County and Yeovil Town’s last chance to remain afloat.

Both could be relegated over these four days. For that to happen they’d have to lose both matches and see Macclesfield win their two.

Sol Campbell’s outfit have lost one in six and go to Northampton before a home tie with play-off chasing Newport. Notts County take on MK Dons and a Crawley side still not completely safe from being sucked into the basement battle.

For Yeovil their opportunity to end a run of seven without victory comes against mid-table Crewe and a Colchester side still in with a top seven shout.

With the U’s facing Yeovil and, before that, Grimsby, they will feel they have an excellent chance of ending three without a win and closing that five-point gap.

Stevenage, also on 60 points, will feel the same and will be in more confident mood than their rivals of doing that thanks to consecutive victories. Now they take on Port Vale and that side holding seventh place currently, Exeter – what a game this could be and why we love the Easter programme so much.

Newport, yet another side on 60, are unbeaten in five, winning three of those and face two sides at the opposite ends of the division in Bury and Macclesfield. Will Newport inspire their own dreams while denting those of their opponents?

Swindon – guess what – on 60 too, have drawn their last three in a run of six unbeaten. But it’s three points, not one that you need at this stage of the campaign. Cambridge and Crewe are their opportunities to achieve that.

Cambridge know one win against either Swindon or Forest Green could secure their Sky Bet League One status for another season, while Crawley can do the same if they beat Exeter and/or Notts County.

We go into Easter with three points between second and fifth; five separating seventh to 12th; and just two between 24th and 22nd. Easter will define the future of many clubs. So, do not take your eyes of Sky Bet League Two over this extended weekend – it could look very different come Tuesday!

Follow all the action from Sky Bet League Two on with EFL previews, our live Match Companion Football blog and full video highlights from every match.

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Match Reports

REPORT: No Goals At The Jonny-Rocks Stadium

19 April 2019

Neither side could find an opening in the Good Friday fixture as both teams continue their unbeaten runs.

In a sun-drenched Jonny-Rocks stadium it was the hosts who got the action underway with Luke Varney heading over in the box after good work on both wings.

Minutes later and it was Varney again who was involved, missing out on guiding the ball into Iversen's goal, instead letting it trickle past his far post.

Latics eventually got a hold of the tie 15-minutes in when Afolayan pinched the ball away from Scott Flinders in the Cheltenham goal. As Oldham exchanged passes on the edge of the box it eventually went off target into the stand where the Latics supporters were.

Five minutes past before Oldham were involved in another chance. Link-up play between Baxter and Lang released Afolayan on the right who fired a low cross in that unfortunately wasn't met.

Seconds later and Baxter had a shot himself. His effort on the edge of the box was held well by the Cheltenham keeper after a great turn on the pass from Afolayan.

Latics kept up the pressure midway through the opening half with Iacovitti finding Afolayan from left to right. His take down on his chest created an opening but his effort was blocked as it was released from his right boot.

Ten minutes before the interval and Iacovitti delivered a cross that nearly found Lang at the back post.

As the opening half came to an end it was Michael Duff's men who got back on top in terms of pressure.

Referee Ben Toner, who also refereed the return fixture at Boundary Park at the start of the season, ruled out the opener after a foul on Clarke in the box by Raglan as the ball nestled into the bottom corner from a Hussey corner on the left.

The goalless half came to an end with Cheltenham finishing with a succession of corners that were dealt with by the boys in blue.

Pete Wild made a change at the break with Sylla coming on for Baxter in the centre of the pitch.

The home side who were on a great run of form at home were back under pressure when Oldham found time in the hosts box, but a shot couldn't find its way goalwards through Afolayan and then Clarke.

Afolayan continued the assault by beating two challenges before finding Hamer in space on the right, his shot going over the Cheltenham crossbar.

A minute later on 56, a free-kick from Maouche in a dangerous position went across goal and Flinders pushes it around his post well.

The resulting corner was eventually dealt with by Cheltenham before another free-kick in a similar position two minutes later was curled over, this time by Nepomuceno.

The Robins got back into the game on the hour mark when Iversen pulled off a fantastic save, making himself big in the process to stop Dawson taking the lead for the home side. Sylla blocking the effort from the corner on the line straight afterwards.

On the 67th minute it was Latics who were searching for that important opening goal. Clarke heading over from close range after connecting with Nepomuceno's corner unchallenged.

As tension grew inside the ground Benteke was introduced mid-way through the second-half by Wild. 

Oldham were looking the more likelier to score towards the end but both sides had to settle with a point and no goals.

Attendance: 4,022 (544 Latics fans)

Cheltenham Town: Flinders, Long (76' Broom), Hussey, Tozer (C), Thomas, Dawson, Boyle, Lloyd (55' Waters), Raglan, Tillson (62' Maddox), Varney.

Oldham Athletic: Iversen, Edmundson, Iacovitti, Baxter (46' Sylla), Missilou, Afolayan (76' Benteke), Lang, Clarke (C), Nepomunceno (82' Hunt), Maouche, Hamer.

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Ticket News

Pay On The Day Available At Cheltenham Town

18 April 2019

Pay on the day will be available Oldham Athletic’s trip to Cheltenham Town in the Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Latics travel to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Good Friday, April 19 (3pm).

Supporters will be situated in the Hazlewoods Stand.

There is no price increase on the day.

Here are the prices:

Adult: £21

Concession (OAP 65+): £15

U18 & Students: £7

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the standard rate for their age bracket with one complimentary Carer ticket if required. Wheelchair users pay the concession price.

Please note that ID may be required when purchasing a ticket.

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