IF there are some shock results in League Two tomorrow, then it means there are going to be some surprise alterations within the top ten placings in the table.
By a strange quirk of the fixture list - and setting aside leaders Chesterfield at home to seventh-placed Port Vale - all the remaining teams in the top ten (that’s eight) have home games against lowly placed teams that they will be fully expected to win.
Seven of the eight (the exception being Bury, 4th, v Oxford United, 11th) will be playing teams who are in the bottom nine.
Rotherham United aim to get themselves back on course when they entertain Morecambe (20th) at the DVS.
Like the rest, they will be hoping to win and hoping against hope for a slip up or two elsewhere. One or two look ‘certs’ - for example, Wycombe (2nd) v Stockport (bottom) and Gillingham (6th) v Hereford (19th).
You wouldn’t expect Shrewsbury (3rd) to slip up at home to Macclesfield (16th) or Torquay (8th) when Lincoln (17th) make the long trip to Devon.
Stevenage (5th), having stormed into contention on the back of five straight wins, will fancy themselves to topple Bradford City (18th). The newest contenders for a play-off spot are Accrington Stanley whose 4-0 home win over Hereford on Wednesday puts them tenth, three points outside the play-offs and with a game in hand. They are at home to Northampton Town (21st).
Football being what it is, it would be a surprise if there wasn’t a surprise in all that little lot. If they are all home wins then it will be as you were. But surely not! Rotherham’s midweek defeat at home to Shrewsbury means they now occupy their lowest position of the season, ninth. Like the rest, they know that any dropped points tomorrow will certainly mean lost ground on any number of fellow challengers.
Morecambe arrive having won more away, 6, than they have at home (5). One of those away wins was the stunner at Chesterfield at the end of February whilst they won their last away game at Barnet.
Sammy McIlroy’s side made the play-offs last season before going out to Dagenham but they were never in contention this season and have always been in the lower half.
Rotherham caretaker-manager Andy Liddell will hope that either, or both, Ryan Cresswell and Nick Fenton declare themselves available for a return to centre defence after missing out in midweek.