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Whilst Luton Town appear well on course for promotion to League One, beneath them there is a whole host of clubs clamouring to join them.
With only eight points separating 2nd placed Accrington down to 9th placed Coventry and most with games in hand on each other, points are getting more crucial game by game and that is extended to those at the bottom end of the table where the fight to remain in the Football League is in full swing.
At the right end of the table, Wycombe Wanderers have slipped quietly and almost unnoticed into the thick of the promotion race.
Whilst Kevin Nolan’s Notts County find themselves in the middle of a slump, Gareth Ainsworth’s side have moved into the top 3 and like Accrington in front of them seem ready to ensure Luton won’t have it easy as we enter the final stage of the season,
Having suffered only one league defeat since early November, Wanderers have worked hard to get themselves into a strong position, which included winning 3-2 at the current leaders, proof they are in a very rich vein of form and one that could lead them into League One.
Only Luton have scored more goals than Wycombe and the Chairboys are averaging 2 goals per game which would give any team an excellent chance of progressing.
Adebayo Akinfenwa not only proves to be a good leader of the line, but a contributor of 14 goals. Not to be outdone, Craig Mackail-Smith has chipped in with 9 and with a huge amount of experience between their two front men, you can’t fail to back Ainsworth in getting his side promoted.
Nathan Tyson can’t be ignored either, now in his second spell with the club after a superb first spell nearly 10 years ago, 6 goals so far also adds to the strength Wycombe possess.
Ainsworth also has experience running right through his team from keeper Scott Brown, defender and captain Adam El-Abd, midfielders Sam Saunders and Matt Bloomfield and those goal-scoring strikers despite not having the biggest budget and coming up against some big spenders in League Two.
Ainsworth himself is still registered as a player for emergencies, despite now being the wrong side of 40. A playing career which took him to the Premier League, Wimbledon, as well as spells for various Championship clubs, Wycombe has been his home since 2010 firstly as a player then combined with management, although it could have worked out much differently.
Ainsworth concedes he could well have lost his job in 2014 when the club survived on the final day of the season on goal difference, but since then he has taken the club to a play-off final and safe finishes over the course of the other two seasons he has been in charge, this season could well turn out to be the one where everything falls into place.
Written by Trevor Knell
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