THE BIG MATCH

There's a six-pointer at the foot of npower League 2 this weekend with rock bottom Plymouth Argyle welcoming 21st-placed Barnet, who are four points better off, to Home Park.

With just 12 games remaining, these two sides will want to get themselves away from danger as soon as possible, and a win against a relegation rival would be the perfect place to start.

Plymouth will certainly be desperate for a positive result as they are rooted to the bottom of the division, three points adrift of safety.

The Pilgrims are without a win in three, losing two of those, and manager John Sheridan has called on his players to produce a "courageous" performance against the Bees.

The 48-year-old, who was appointed as boss at Home Park in January, told the Plymouth Herald: "We need to be courageous. We need to take chances, be positive, get on the ball and pass it around.

"We have been very lethargic at home. Other than my first game, when we got ourselves into a winning position early on, I can't really pinpoint where we have played well.

"We need more drive and endeavour, and the tempo of the game has got to be higher for us."

Despite their lowly position, Barnet have been picking up points recently, with two draws and two victories collected in their last four matches.

Their most recent result was a 2-0 triumph against promotion-chasing Southend United, so they will come into the fixture in a buoyant mood.

On-loan Stevenage defender Bondz N'Gala, who spent a year with Plymouth earlier in his career, believes the Bees need to maintain the momentum gained from that victory last time out.

"It was a very good win on Tuesday night [against Southend] and we kept another clean sheet so all the boys are very happy about that," the former West Ham United player explained to www.barnetfc.com.

"It is a massive game [against Plymouth] but right now every game is massive for us, hopefully we can build on our last performance and secure another three points."

KEEP AN EYE ON

At the top, fourth-placed Northampton Town make the long journey down to Devon to take on promotion rivals Exeter City.

It's set to be an interesting encounter at St James' Park with Northampton only picking up four victories on their travels so far, and the sixth-placed Grecians registering just five home wins this term.

Aidy Boothroyd's Cobblers are unbeaten in five, though, and haven't lost on the road for two matches, beating Southend United 2-1 and, most recently, drawing with AFC Wimbledon 1-1.

They trail Burton Albion, who sit in the lowest automatic promotion place, by just one point, so have a huge incentive to grab a victory this weekend.

And Boothroyd, 42, highlighted the significance of his side's form on the road ahead of the trip to Exeter.

"Our away form is going to be crucial in determining whether we get automatic promotion or not," he told www.ntfc.co.uk.

"I spoke about our mindset away from home a couple of weeks ago and I think it is really important for us to make sure that we stay in games for as long as possible.

"We need to maintain our away form and if we give a good account of ourselves on Saturday then I think we are more than capable of getting a good result."

Exeter lost 4-2 to promotion rivals Burton Albion last weekend but beat second-placed Port Vale 2-0 in midweek to get back on track immediately.

And they face another string of teams in the mix at the top of the division during March, starting with Northampton on Saturday.

Exeter assistant manager Rob Edwards is relishing the challenge ahead. He told www.exetercityfc.co.uk: "People say, 'the next game is crucial', but we're playing all the teams that are up there in March.

"It's an exciting time. As a player, you look forward to the bigger games - you go into the game with more people in the ground and they're going for something too - it's great to play in.

"The lads are just excited about playing at the moment."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Andy Scott will hope to continue his good start as boss of Aldershot Town when they visit npower League 2 leaders Gillingham.

The former Brentford manager took over following the departure of Dean Holdsworth and his tenure began brightly last weekend with a 2-0 victory against Fleetwood Town, which was followed by a midweek 0-0 draw with Chesterfield.

The Shots now sit 19th, two points above the drop zone, but will be eager to stretch that gap. They have a tough challenge on their hands, though, with the Gills wanting to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Oxford United on Tuesday.

Chris Wilder's team will be eager to build on that away day success when they host second-placed Port Vale on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Dagenham and Redbridge will begin life without John Still, who has joined Luton Town, when they host Chesterfield.

The Daggers are only six points above the drop zone so it will be interesting to see how they react to Still's departure.

Alongside Plymouth Argyle in the bottom two is AFC Wimbledon, and they travel to seventh-placed Cheltenham Town, who have drawn their last three on the spin.

Three points for the Wombles could lift them above Accrington Stanley, Barnet, Torquay United, Aldershot, and even 18th-placed Bristol Rovers.

Accrington are at home to fellow strugglers Torquay this weekend, with just a single point separating the teams, while Bristol Rovers entertain Burton Albion, who are third and have won their last four matches.

Wycombe Wanderers were the latest team to beat Torquay, winning 2-1 at Plainmoor in midweek, and that halted a run of three successive defeats for the Chairboys. Fleetwood Town are next up on their agenda, and they come into the fixture winless in three.

Southend United, Morecambe and Bradford City all sit on the periphery of the top seven but will feel they could still make a late break into the Play-Offs.

Three points on Saturday and some consistency in the coming weeks is a must, though, if they were to thrust themselves into the promotion picture.

This weekend, Southend, who trail the Play-Offs by five points, entertain fifth-placed Rotherham United; Jim Bentley's Shrimps welcome Rochdale to the Globe Arena, while Bradford's opponents are York City, who are 10 league games without a victory.

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