THE BIG MATCH
It's third versus fifth in npower League 2's big game on Saturday as Cheltenham Town host Burton Albion in a clash between two of the division's in-form teams.
Cheltenham have the upper-hand by two places and three points over the Brewers and on Tuesday night picked up a good 0-0 draw at leaders Gillingham.
They haven't been beaten at the Abbey Business Stadium in League 2 since September 15th and will be looking for that run to continue this weekend.
Cheltenham boss Mark Yates feels his side are improving all the time and he is now looking forward to the Burton test.
He told www.ctfc.com: " I think Gary [Rowett, Burton manager] and Kevin [Summerfield, Burton assistant manager] are doing a great job there. I think they've recruited really well and they've got some really good players in their squad.
"Calvin Zola is a massive threat for them and you've got to be aware of that. They've got other threats as well, we know that but Zola seems to be a big player for them and we've got to deal with it but we've got to play our stuff as well. It will be a big test but one we can certainly handle."
Burton lifted themselves up to fifth on Wednesday night as they came from behind to win 2-1 away to Plymouth Argyle.
Gary Rowett's men have only lost one of their League 2 fixtures since the start of September, and showed great character in their victory at Home Park.
Burton's record this season is almost identical to this stage 12 months ago and Rowett is ready for his side's second away trip of the week.
He told the Derby Telegraph: "We know what Mark Yates' teams are about. They'll have a lot of energy and they often counter-attack at pace to great effect.
"They've done brilliantly this season because it's often difficult to follow one good season with another if you've fallen just short, as they did.
"What's interesting, though, is that we're saying that they're up there and flying - but look, we're only three points behind them."
KEEP AN EYE ON
Such is the competitive nature of npower League 2 at the moment that only one team has an unbeaten record over the last six matches and that is York City, who host AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The Minstermen are 10th after returning to The Football League for 2012/13 and sit only two points outside of the Play-Off.
Draws have hindered any further progress and they let slip two points on Tuesday night with a 1-1 scoreline at home to Northampton Town having led against the visitors, who played much of the game with 10 men.
Manager Gary Mills is looking for a response from his players and he believes he will get one but urged fans not to be downhearted about the draw.
He told the York Press: "It's not the first time a team has failed to beat a team down to 10 men and some go on to lose. We haven't, we've taken a point and we're unbeaten in six games.
"We've got to make that seven with three points on Saturday now. By some of the reactions at the final whistle, you would have thought we'd lost the last six games and that's wrong because the players are working hard and I think we will get the right response at the weekend."
Wimbledon's second season as a League club has been challenging so far and they start the weekend fourth from bottom, a single point outside the relegation zone and with the equal worst goal difference in the division.
A 2-0 defeat at Exeter City in midweek left them in 21st, and boss Neal Ardley vented his anger at the performance before making his players watch the entire match again to analyse it.
Ardley has since added young left-back Jonathan Meades on loan from Bournemouth and now he is looking for more consistency from his side.
He told Dons Player: "Any team that doesn't play well and loses, you're looking for everybody to react and want to put it right so that 'bouncebackability' as they say is important to us.
"One thing I can't guarantee is results but one thing we do need to be able to guarantee is the performance and the better the performances, the more consistent, the more chance you've got of the points and results coming on the back of it.
"We need to focus on the performance and with that, and a bit of luck along the way, I'm sure the results will start coming."
The two sides meet again on Monday night, this time at Wimbledon, in the replay of their FA Cup first round tie which finished 1-1 on November 3rd.
ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION
It isn't a surprise to see the top three in the npower League 2 table also leading the way in the current form guide but not that long ago nobody would have expected Barnet to be just behind them.
The Bees had a horrendous start to the campaign but the arrival of Dutch legend Edgar Davids as joint player-coach has coincided with a run of form that has seen them win three of their last six games.
That has moved them to second from bottom, sandwiched by Aldershot Town below them and Wycombe Wanderers above them, with all three teams tied on 13 points.
The fixture list this weekend sees Barnet travel to Morecambe, who are 17th, while Aldershot - with one win in their last six - host sixth-placed Bradford City and Wycombe, with a recent return of eight points and after giving caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth the job on a permanent basis, at home to ninth-placed Rochdale.
The top two will both be looking to cement their positions and both have away games to contend with on Saturday.
Gillingham, who remain five points clear at the summit, travel to 19th-placed Plymouth Argyle, while second-placed Port Vale - who are two points clear of Cheltenham Town in third - head to Southend United, who start the weekend in 12th.
The top six in the current form guide all have identical records over the last six games of three wins, two draws and a solitary defeat, with Dagenham and Redbridge and Rotherham United joining those already mentioned in returning 11 points over that period.
And, as fate would have it, Dagenham and Rotherham meet at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium on Saturday with the hosts having moved up to 15th, while the visitors find themselves seventh and with a game in hand on the teams around them.
Torquay United are immediately behind Rotherham, one point further back, ahead of their visit to 18th-placed Oxford United, while Exeter City - who are 11th but within sight of the Play-Off places - are at home to Fleetwood Town, who start fourth and two points behind Cheltenham in third.
Bristol Rovers take on Chesterfield and Accrington Stanley host Northampton Town in Saturday's remaining League 2 fixtures.
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