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SCORES TO BE SETTLED

3 May 2013

Here's our guide to what the weekend's fixtures could mean for the League One bound Gills

The Gills may be enjoying a well-deserved break, following their League Two Championship winning exploits, but there are still plenty of issues to be resolved regarding our potential League One opponents next season.

Last night saw the completion of the League Two play-off semi-final first legs as the battle to clinch the final promotion place to League One hots up.

Fourth placed Burton Albion, fresh from their final day 3-2 triumph over the Gills at the Pirelli Stadium, hold a similar advantage over seventh placed Bradford City following a clinical first-half display at Valley Parade last night.

A Calvin Zola brace, combined with Robbie Weir’s goal on the stroke of half-time helped silence a 14,657 crowd in Bradford. Goals from Nahki Wells and Garry Thompson will give the Bantams hope going into Sunday’s return fixture at Burton.

The other semi-final saw sixth placed Northampton Town play host to fifth place Cheltenham Town at Sixfields Stadium. Despite dominating proceedings the Cobblers take a slender 1-0 lead to Whaddon Road courtesy of Roy O’Donovan’s 26 minute goal.

Both ties will be concluded this Sunday with Burton facing Bradford in a 12.00pm kick-off on Sky Sports 2 before Cheltenham and Northampton square up on Sky Sports 1 in a 18.45pm kick-off.

The winners meet at Wembley in the League Two Play-Off Final on Saturday 18 May.



Meanwhile, seven sides are scrapping at the foot of the Championship to avoid joining already relegated Bristol City in League One next season with three points separating 22nd placed Barnsley on 54 points and Blackburn on 57 points in 17th.

Wolves look likeliest to follow the Robins through the trap door, needing a win at play-off bound Brighton and other results to go their way elsewhere.

Huddersfield and Barnsley lock horns at the John Smiths Stadium with both needing points to secure safety, while Peterborough need to take points off Crystal Palace who themselves are not yet certain of sealing a play-off place.

Elsewhere Sheffield Wednesday host Middlesbrough, Millwall face a trip to Derby County and Blackburn Rovers travel to Birmingham City, though Rovers superior goal difference alone should be sufficient to preserve their Championship status.

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