Wigan storm ahead, Crewe are wobbling. Div 2 review.

Last updated : 02 March 2003 By Michael Morris
A weel ago we were 5 points behind Crewe with a game in hand and facing three away games in a row with Crewe having three home games.

Now only 8 days later we are only 1 point behind and still with a game in hand. City with a win at Port Vale and a point yesterday at Stockport, have moved closer to Crewe who have lost the first two of their home treble. Both 0 - 1, to Wigan last Tuesday and to a 90th minute Leon McKenzie goal by Peterborough yesterday.

Part three of the trilogy comes as soon as this Tuesday. Cardiff are at Brentford while Crewe entertain Wycombe.

Wigan extended their lead at the top to 15 points over Crewe and 16 over City, we can get to within 13 points with our game in hand but lets be honest, they way City and Crewe have dropped points lately there is no way Wigan are going to be caught.

Just behind City are Oldahm, amazingly they still have an unbeaten away record this season, they again pulled a late goal out of the hat to earn three points at Mansfield. Oldham are 1 point behind having played a game more than City.

Bristol City also won yesterday, 3 - 1 at home to Cheltenham. Bristol are 4 points behind City having played a game more. They are not out of it yet.

QPR in 6th place lost at Swindon yesterday. City have a 9 point lead over Rangers and a game in hand.

So to sum up.

Wigan will win the league.

Crewe, Cardiff, Oldham and Bristol City are in the hunt for the second spot with the other three in the play offs.

Luton, Tranmere, Blackpool and QPR are aiming for the last play off place.

At the bottom Stockport's point was not enough to stop them from dropping into the relegation zone along with Mansfield, Northampton and Chesterfield.

League table
Wigan 341151301313222677936
Crewe 349262113105236176427
Cardiff 331052291284422156324
Oldham 347462616107024136221
Bristol City 34953291383630255921
QPR 34103429175662023549
Blackpool 34105228145481727544
Tranmere 349442317728233154-2
Luton 3474626218452424535
Plymouth 3475525205661718474
Swindon 347462421566222746-2
Brentford 3375419115481724451
Wycombe 3474631274581516423
Chesterfield 3484520173212103139-18
Notts County 346652827287222738-4
Peterborough 335471816476162338-5
Colchester 335661817457192838-8
Barnsley 345662125449182537-11
Huddersfield 346652017331172236-12
Port Vale 345482225449173135-17
Stockport 3456628294112162734-12
Mansfield 3462930343410203633-20
Northampton 3453918223410133331-24
Cheltenham 344581525278182830-20

Results from Saturday March 1st.

Murphy 20
Attend: 7,266
Half-time: 1-0
Sonko 90
Hume 20
Sharps 48
Attend: 5,396
Half-time: 0-1
Bristol City3Cheltenham1
Robins 2
Brown 20
Rosenior 90
McCann 45
Attend: 11,711
Half-time: 2-1
Colchester4Port Vale1
Williams 7 , 36 , 72
Keith 53
Bridge-Wilkinson 55
Attend: 3,581
Half-time: 2-0
McKenzie 90
Attend: 5,704
Half-time: 0-0
Baldry 44
Smith 45
Attend: 9,651
Half-time: 2-0
Hall pen 88
Attend: 5,712
Half-time: 0-0
Notts County2Luton1
Heffernan 79 , 84
Thorpe 88
Attend: 6,778
Half-time: 0-0
Coughlan 14
Dyer 66
Attend: 8,228
Half-time: 1-0
Clark 26
Thorne 81
Attend: 5,385
Half-time: 1-0
Robinson 18
Parkin 64
Heywood 68
Shittu 15
Attend: 7,716
Half-time: 1-1
Teale 25
Dinning 40
Liddell pen 74
Reeves pen 66
Attend: 6,384
Half-time: 2-0