Crucial Easter weekend in Plymouth Argyle's fight against relegation from Football League
THE EASTER weekend is usually pivotal in any Football League campaign and it promises to be no different this season.
The fight to escape relegation from League Two is especially close, with Plymouth Argyle among those involved.
Eight points cover the nine clubs at the bottom of the table, with two of them set to drop out of the League and into the Football Conference.
Argyle, in 21st, and 23rd-placed York City are the only two relegation-threatened teams to play on Easter Saturday, rather than on Good Friday.
That means by the time the Pilgrims take on promotion-chasing Exeter City in a Devon derby at Home Park (1pm) the bottom of the table might look very different to how it is now.
Argyle could, in the worse case scenario, drop to 23rd, with only York below them.
Good Friday will see bottom-of-the-table Aldershot Town travel to 18th-placed Rochdale while Accrington Stanley, in 22nd, are away to Wycombe Wanderers.
Barnet, who are 20th, will host 17th-placed Dagenham and Redbridge in an all-London clash, and Torquay United, in 19th, travel to promotion-chasing Northampton Town.
AFC Wimbledon, who are almost clear of the threat of relegation in 16th, are away to Rotherham United on Good Friday.
Then, on Easter Saturday, Argyle host Exeter and York travel to Bristol Rovers.
Two days later, Argyle will meet York at Bootham Crescent in what promises to be a crucial clash for both sides.
Easter Monday also sees Aldershot host Oxford United while Barnet are away to Wimbledon.
Argyle are one of three relegation-threatened teams who had their games postponed at the weekend.
Those fixtures will now have to be rearranged for after the Easter weekend and before the end of the season.
Argyle must travel to Chesterfield, Aldershot will be away to Port Vale and Rochdale will host Southend United.
Statistically speaking, Argyle, Aldershot and Wimbledon have the hardest run-ins of the bottom nine clubs.
They all have four games against opposition who are currently in the top 10 of League Two.
For example, Argyle will host Exeter (6th), Cheltenham Town (5th) and Rotherham (7th), and visit Burton Albion (3rd).
Barnet have the easiest run-in, with their trip to Northampton on the final day of the season, April 27, the only game they have left against top 10 opponents.