THE BIG MATCH

Two teams battling for survival at the bottom of npower League 2 go head-to-head on Tuesday night as Accrington Stanley host AFC Wimbledon.

Stanley are currently bottom of the division but have the chance to go above Aldershot Town, who sit directly above them, with the match against AFC Wimbledon being their game in hand over the Shots.

They could move above three other teams too, with Stanley and Aldershot being two of five struggling sides locked on 40 points at the foot of the table.

Barnet are one of those three teams and Leam Richardson's men overcame the Bees 3-2 on Saturday, registering a morale-boosting three points.

"The lads are in great spirits after Saturday's win and they really enjoyed the performance, particularly in the first half, but they know there is another real challenge ahead of them [against AFC Wimbledon] and they are more than ready for that," Richardson told www.accringtonstanley.co.uk.

"On Saturday quite a few teams around us won and sucked another couple of teams in. At the moment, from our point of view, it's the more the merrier.

"We'd like as many as possible in there [around the relegation zone] and then look after ourselves. While they are on the slide we'd like to be going the opposite way."

AFC Wimbledon have 45 points and sit just above the bulk of teams at the bottom.

They have recorded three successive victories and will want to keep that going to ensure they are not dragged back into the mire.

The Wombles' most recent result was a narrow 1-0 win against Aldershot, and the goalscorer in that match, Jack Midson, insists he and his team-mates are improving.

"The manager always tells us to work hard for each other," the striker explained to www.afcwimbledon.co.uk after the victory.

"I think that we have done that better and better with every game. We have that togetherness and Neal [Ardley, manager] talks about the 'nitty-gritty' of League 2. We have learned to do the horrible bits of the game. If you do those things then you can express yourselves.

"We have a good bunch of lads here and no one is going to get carried away - the staff will ensure that does not happen. We have to stay focused as we go to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday and we have to try and get away from them."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Plymouth Argyle are in amongst the fight at the bottom and they will continue their battle against the drop when they visit Play-Off hopefuls Southend United.

The Pilgrims picked up a valuable three points against Fleetwood Town on Saturday and that result left them on 40 points.

They remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference only but will hope to pull further away from the bottom two by recording back-to-back victories for the first since October, on their trip to Southend.

Plymouth chief John Sheridan believes his side need to find some consistency and if they do, they will avoid the drop.

He told www.pafc.co.uk: "It's very tight. I feel there are six teams involved. We're in that group. We have got to make sure we gain an advantage quickly and, if we can get way from one or two, even better.

"We are where we are for a reason - the league table doesn't lie - but it is important I try to get a winning mentality into their heads, and believe we are a good team.

"We can beat any team in the divisions but it's that magic word - 'consistency'. We have to be consistent as individuals and as a team. If we can get that, we will be okay."

Southend lie just outside the Play-Off pack but have a six-point margin to make up if they are to break into the top seven.

They aren't on form either, and have recorded just one win in five. Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw against struggling Torquay United.

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, who was recalled to the Southend squad by boss Paul Sturrock for that match against the Gulls, believes Tuesday night's clash with Plymouth is vital.

"It was a shame we didn't win the game [against Torquay] because I felt we deserved the three points on the balance of overall play," the 19-year-old explained to www.southendunited.co.uk.

"The game against Plymouth is now a must-win game because we still believe we can get into the Play-Off places.

"We have to approach the game with no fear whatsoever. We need to make teams fear us, especially when we're playing at home.

"Sometimes when we play away we get on top of teams, but we don't seem to be doing that at home. We need to do that on Tuesday and make Plymouth worry about us rather than the other way round."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

There's another match between one side fighting at the bottom and one challenging for a Play-Off place at Underhill, where Barnet host Fleetwood Town.

The Bees have lost their last two but will want to get back on form to avoid dropping into the bottom two.

Fleetwood, meanwhile, sit ninth, level on points with Oxford United and Southend. They will still be hopeful of breaking into the Play-Offs before the end of the season but will need to get back on form - they have tasted victory just once in their last seven outings.

Torquay United are also embroiled in the relegation battle on 40 points, in 20th, and they host 11th-placed Chesterfield. The Gulls are winless in 11 and will need to break out of that torrid run if they are to avoid the drop.

The visiting Spireites picked up an impressive 1-0 away win at Oxford on Saturday and that left them eight points off the Play-Offs.

Bradford City are two points further back, in 12th, and entertain Wycombe Wanderers.

The Bantams were defeated for the first time since their Capital One Cup Final outing at Wembley, on Saturday, going down 4-1 at Exeter City, but will want to bounce back immediately against the Chairboys, who had Saturday's match with Northampton Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tuesday evening's League 2 action is wrapped up by leaders Gillingham, who visit Rochdale.

The Gills' lead at the summit was cut to four points on Saturday as they drew to Dagenham and Redbridge, while second-placed Port Vale beat York City, but they will be eager to stretch that again, to seven points, in what is their game in hand over the Valiants.

The Dale, on the other hand, sit 17th, six points above the bottom two.

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