The season will be going right down to the wire for almost all our players away from Griffin Park after another important weekend of matches in the EFL and National League.
In the National League, Justin Shaibu was on the scoresheet as Boreham Wood eased their relegation worries with victory at Barrow. Kieran Murtagh curled home a free-kick to give The Wood a 19th minute lead. Justin doubled that advantage a quarter of an hour later, converting confidently from 12 yards after he had been fouled in the box. Jack Hindle halved the deficit just three minutes later, but Wood held on to open up a nine-point buffer over the bottom four. with six to play. The goal was Justin’s eighth league strike this term, keeping him top of the Hertfordshire side’s scoring charts with Sutton United up next.
Also in non-league, Jarvis Edobor wasn’t involved as Maidstone United were all-but relegated after a 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town. Justin Amaluzor scored twice for the visitors to cancel out Mark Beck's opener but Jack Muldoon's penalty ensured the points were shared. The Stones are now bottom of the table and will be relegated on Saturday if they don’t beat Salford City at home.
Canice Carroll and Swindon Town closed the gap on the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs to just four points with a 3-1 win on the road at in-form Bury. The hosts went into the game unbeaten in 14 but were downed by a Kaiyne Woolery double and Theo Robinson’s late strike. Canice was involved in one of the afternoon’s other big talking points as Danny Mayor was shown a straight red for retaliating to the midfielder’s foul 15 minutes from time. Swindon will look to keep up their late Play-Off charge next weekend at home to struggling Yeovil Town.
Reece Cole played just over an hour for Macclesfield Town on Saturday, helping The Silkmen take a hugely creditable point on the road at league leaders Lincoln City. Both goals came in a ten-minute spell before the interval; Neal Eardley’s free-kick levelling after Scott Wilson had given Sol Campbell’s side a shock lead. Despite dropping to the foot of the table, Macclesfield closed the gap on safety to just a point with mid-table Morecambe up next weekend on home soil.
Another side involved in a relegation battle, Bristol Rovers, couldn’t repeat Macclesfield’s heroics against league table toppers, losing 2-1 at home to Luton Town in League One. Jack Bonham was powerless to stop Luton taking a two-goal lead before the break through James Collins and Luke Berry. Rovers were given hope in first-half stoppage time when striker Jonson Clarke-Harris fired home his eighth goal of March but that was how it ended. Rovers are now 16th in the table, just three points clear of danger, ahead of next Sunday’s trip to Coventry City.
With Sunderland involved in the Checkatrade Trophy Final action, there was no game for Josh Clarke and Burton Albion on Saturday.