League Two Review – Week 20

There was yet another change at the top of the Sky Bet League Two standings last week as the 2020/21 season reaches its climax.

Cambridge United returned to the summit with a 2-1 win on an exhausting trip to Carlisle United. League top scorer Paul Mullin got picked up his routine goal on the brink of halftime, lifting his tally to 25 for the campaign – a new club record for goals scored in a single league season. Carlisle drew level with 12 minutes left on the clock through Lewis Alessandra, but the Cumbrians were condemned to a third successive defeat by midfielder Adam May. May, who had been introduced as a second-half substitute, netted in the 90th minute to send his side to the top of the league.

United replaced Cheltenham Town as leaders after the Robins fell to a 1-0 defeat against Morecambe. The only goal of the game came after 20 minutes when Irishman Liam McAlinden smashed home a loose ball from the edge of the box. Well on their way to their best finish for more than a decade, Derek Adams’ Shrimps sit sixth, safely in the playoff positions and just one point behind automatic promotion.

Bolton Wanderers, on the other hand, are separated from automatic promotion on goal difference alone. In Saturday’s early kick-off, Ian Evatt’s men extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches, 11 of which have come with the points maximum. Paying a visit to Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn Stadium, Bolton ran out 1-0 victors in the weekend’s bumper clash as Eoin Doyle bagged his 16th goal of the season just before halftime.

Third-placed Tranmere Rovers experienced something of a hiccup as they crashed to a 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town. Kaiyne Woolery put Rovers ahead just before the break, but veteran midfielder Stephen Quinn stepped up to the plate and struck Mansfield level with his first goal for the club, 14 minutes from time.

Things are beginning to tighten back up at the bottom of the table as the two clubs currently occupying the relegation zone, Southend United and Grimsby Town, continue their respective unbeaten runs. Grimsby are without a loss in their last six meetings and now sit a surmountable six points behind the safety of 22nd position. The Mariners were pegged back to a 1-1 draw with Walsall last time out after leading within 10 minutes. Caolan Lavery’s goal in added time at the end of the first half halted Grimsby’s hopes of closing down on Southend.

Southend bolstered their chances of survival with their first win since the final weekend of February. Ashley Nathaniel-George scored his second goal in three games in a 1-0 win away to Harrogate Town.

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