THE BIG MATCH

The hosts are looking to bounce back into the npower League 2 automatic promotion places, while their visitors will wrap up the title with victory on Saturday - welcome to Cheltenham Town versus Gillingham.

Add to that Gills boss Martin Allen going back to the club he managed from September 2008 to December 2009 and you have all the ingredients for a potential cracker at the Abbey Business Stadium.

For Cheltenham, who are fifth and two points outside the top three with three games left, it's about bouncing back from a defeat at Plymouth Argyle in their last match and continuing their run of four straight home wins.

Manager Mark Yates told www.ctfc.com: "Congratulations to Gillingham for getting promotion, they'll certainly want to seal winning the title at our place on Saturday and we've got to try and make sure we look after our results and performances.

"I know there's a bit of history with the manager coming back here but I would just urge all my supporters to support the team and not worry about them. He's done a decent job there. He's openly admitted and talked to me about the fact it didn't work for him here, for whatever reason.

"My message to everybody is to just concentrate on ourselves. Concentrate on what we can do. At the moment we can possibly get nine more points and that is only possible if we get a positive result on Saturday."

Gillingham clinched promotion last week with a 1-0 win at home to Torquay United and now know that the title is theirs, so long as they at least match what second-placed Port Vale do in their game at Rochdale.

The Gills have only lost one of their last 14 matches and, having wrapped up promotion last week, they want to finish the job while Allen is also mindful of respecting his old employers - who he supported as a boy when his dad Dennis was in charge.

He told www.gillinghamfootballclub.com: "They have got really good supporters at Cheltenham, very close to the pitch and it will be a tough game.

"[There are] No scores, I don't have to settle scores with anybody. I just do my job; I don't live in the past, I live to the future. It's a fantastic football club and it's the club I supported as a little boy and for several years when my dad was the manager the supporters were good to me.

"I have some great memories there from when I was a boy, great times and I will always be very fond of that football club and no-one will ever change that. I'm going back there now as the manager of Gillingham. I certainly won't be dancing around on the touchline, I'll show respect to their supporters. I'm here for Gillingham and that's it."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Currently occupying the final npower League 2 automatic promotion place are Burton Albion, who are at home to relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle.

The Brewers had been in the top three for several weeks but a run of four without a win, culminating in a 7-1 humbling at second-placed Port Vale last Friday, saw them drop out.

However, they bounced back in midweek with a 2-0 victory at home to Wycombe Wanderers to leave them with a two-point cushion over fourth-placed Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town in fifth, though Northampton have a game in hand over both of their promotion rivals.

Burton have the second-best home record in League 2 and with two of their remaining three games in front of their own fans, boss Gary Rowett has issued a rallying cry.

He told www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk: "The fans have been fantastic all season, both home and away, and we'll be counting on their support more than ever as we make a final push for promotion.

"Burton is a family-centred and community-focused club and it would be great to capture the heart and minds of the local people ahead of a big game on Saturday.

"We've made the Pirelli Stadium a fortress this season and what we do this weekend will go a long way in deciding how this season pans out; the supporters certainly have a huge part to play."

Plymouth are fighting for their League 2 lives and have given themselves hope with four wins in their last five, including a 2-0 success over Cheltenham last Saturday - which did the Brewers a massive favour too.

But they remain three points clear of the bottom two in 18th place, albeit with a game in hand over the teams below them and a better goal difference, too.

And they have had further good news this week with John Sheridan named League 2's Manager of the Month and Jason Banton the division's Player of the Month for March.

Coach Gary Owers told the Plymouth Herald: "John has taken in two or three games this week and Burton was one of them.

"We get reports on every game and we watch videos on every opposition we are going to play. Hopefully, we will get it right.

"We know it's going to be tough. Burton have got an excellent home record and have reacted well off a bad defeat at Port Vale, but I think we can go there and get something."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Port Vale can join Gillingham in winning promotion from npower League 2 on Saturday but if that is to happen the Valiants must win their game at Rochdale - and then it's down to other results.

Vale are currently second, seven points above Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town in fourth and fifth respectively, with sixth-placed Rotherham United a point further back and still in the running.

If Vale are victorious at Rochdale, who are 13th, then two of the following three events occurring - Northampton losing at home to second-bottom York City, Burton Albion failing to beat Plymouth Argyle and Rotherham failing to win at home to 10th-placed Fleetwood Town - will send them up. Cheltenham have played a game more than Northampton and Rotherham so a win for Vale will mean the Robins cannot catch them regardless of the result of their home game with Gillingham.

So it is all to play for at the top end of the table with Play-Off places still up for grabs and currently occupying seventh spot are Bradford City with 64 points, three less than Rotherham and one clear of Exeter City in eighth.

The Bantams are four clear of ninth-placed Chesterfield, who are their opponents on Saturday in an encounter that has a lot riding on it for both sides.

Hoping to take advantage of any slip-up by Bradford are Exeter, who face a visit to one of the division's relegation-threatened teams - AFC Wimbledon.

The Wombles are fourth from bottom on 48 points, two clear of the relegation zone, but only four points separate the bottom seven teams.

At the foot of the table are Aldershot Town on 45 points, ahead of their visit to 16th-placed Wycombe Wanderers, and they are joined in the danger area by York who have that trip to Northampton.

Outside the relegation zone on goal difference are Torquay United, who are at home to Barnet - three places and two points above them.

The Bees are at the head of three teams all on 48 points and sandwiched between them and AFC Wimbledon are Accrington Stanley, who throw the weekend's first dart with a home game against 15th-placed Morecambe on Friday night.

Saturday's remaining fixtures see Dagenham and Redbridge, in 17th, host 14th-placed Oxford United, and 12th against 11th as Southend United take on Bristol Rovers.

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