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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

League Two Play Offs: Ties Preview

Having previewed all the four teams competing in the League Two play-offs, Nobes takes a closer look at the two ties.

Morecambe vs. Dagenham & Redbridge

First leg: Sunday May 16, 13:30, Victoria Road
Second leg: Thursday May 20, 19:45, Christie Park

Form (last six games):

Morecambe: WWWLLW
Dagenham & Redbridge: WWLWWD

Previous meetings:

Morecambe 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge, April 24, Christie Park
Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Morecambe, September 26, Victoria Road

The tie:

This tie pits together two clubs promoted together from the Conference just three years ago.

Morecambe and Dagenham have massively overachieved given their resources and will be happy just to be competing in the play-offs.

Both sides enjoyed decent run-ins, albeit Dagenham faced easier opposition than the Shrimps.

Crucially, Morecambe beat Dagenham in the run-in at home, which looks ominous for the second leg.

Given their home advantage in the return leg and the promotion experience of boss Sammy McIlroy, the Lancashire side hold most of the aces.

Prediction: Morecambe

Rotherham United vs. Aldershot Town

First leg: May 15, 18:00, Recreation Ground
Second leg: May 19, 19:45, Don Valley Stadium

Form (last six games):

Rotherham United: LDWDWL
Aldershot Town: LWWDLD

Previous meetings:

Aldershot Town 3-0 Rotherham United, April 5, Recreation Ground
Rotherham United 0-0 Aldershot Town, October 31, Don Valley Stadium

The tie:

Rotherham fans would have hoped for automatic promotion this season. So it's without a doubt that the Millers come into the play-offs under the greatest pressure.

They also enter the end of season lottery in the poorest form of the four sides. Ronnie Moore's side have stumbled over the finishing line and will need to up their game.

Opponents Aldershot have had an inconsistent end to the season, but always remain very difficult to handle at home.

If anything, they'll probably be happy to have the first leg at the Recreation Ground.

If they can catch Rotherham cold and take a lead to South Yorkshire in the second leg, then Kevin Dillon's side can cap off a fine season with an appearance at Wembley.

Prediction: Aldershot Town

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