As the Sky Bet League Two season etches towards its showpiece finale at Wembley Stadium on Monday, we take a look at the major stories from around the league this week.
Play-Off Finalists Decided
Both Exeter City and Northampton Town trailed heading into their play-off semi-final second legs on Monday evening, but both would progress to earn a place in next week’s final.
The Grecians were first up and quickly restored parity to their tie against Colchester United, as Aaron Martin’s early strike levelled the aggregate score after Cohen Bramall’s sublime first leg free kick.
Jayden Richardson’s low strike put the hosts ahead, but U’s winger Courtney Senior scored with just over ten minutes to play to force extra-time; where Exeter forward Ryan Bowman netted in the 111th minute to seal the Grecians’ place in the final.
Northampton Town’s comeback appeared all the more unlikely, however, as Cheltenham held a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg at their Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
Keith Curle’s side got off to the best possible start, with Vadaine Oliver netting early on to half Cheltenham’s advantage, before West Bromwich Albion loanee Callum Morton netted twice in the second half to ensure the Cobblers’ progression.
The Sky Bet League Two playoff final between Exeter City and Northampton Town is set for a 19:30 kick-off on Monday 29th June.
Clubs Announce Retained Lists
A number of Sky Bet League Two clubs have announced their retained lists in the past few days, with a number of players now looking for new clubs ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Experienced striker Luke Varney is amongst those released by Cheltenham, whilst champions Swindon Town are reportedly looking to extend top scorer Eoin Doyle’s expiring deal.
Jamille Matt and veteran striker Kevin Ellison are also amongst the notable names looking for new clubs ahead of next season.
Mariners Gain Richman Backing
American TV host Adam Richman has invested in Grimsby Town ahead of next season.
Known in the U.K for presenting ‘Man v Food’, Spurs supporter Richman is looking forward to backing the Mariners next season.
He said: “It means so much as a fan of the game, to be so thought of by a club with so much history, especially as America is thousands of miles away.”