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As we enter the final month of the season, the penultimate one has been crucial with some promotion and relegations already sorted but for some it’s been putting the final pieces together to push for a final day promotion or avoid relegation.
Kieffer Moore – Cardiff City
April has been a great month for Kieffer Moore. The play-offs are now no longer in reach for The Bluebirds but that hasn’t stopped the goals for Moore. A brace against relegation threated Wycombe Wanderers as well as strikes in 1-1 draws against both Brentford F.C. and Reading F.C.. He is also currently the top scoring ExGull this season with 20 goals for Cardiff City and 2 for the Welsh National Team.
Angus MacDonald – Rotherham United
At the other end of the Championship table, we could potentially see two ExGulls be relegated this weekend. This would be MacDonald’s second consecutive relegation from the Championship as he was apart of the Hull City side that couldn’t beat the drop last season. The Millers have had a poor run of form in the closing months with 5 defeats in their last 7. MacDonald did give them the lead after 3 minutes against Middlesbrough F.C. but 15 minutes later, they were brought down to 10 men after Matt Crooks received a red card in their 2-1 defeat at home.
Adebayo Akinfenwa – Wycombe Wanderers
Elsewhere in the Championship relegation battle, new boys Wycombe Wanderers are likely to have an immediate relegation from their first ever season in the second tier. Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his first goal in the Championship, aged 38, against Bristol City. His penalty won the game as it helped keep The Chairboys hopes alive but only a 13-goal swing in their favour will keep them up on the final day.
Dan Butler – Peterborough United
Championship football is on its way next season for Peterborough United and defender Dan Butler. Across the season so far, the left back played 42 games, scoring once against Bristol Rovers in a 2-0 win in November.
Jayden Stockley – Charlton Athletic
It’s the battle to watch in League 1 as three teams will battle it out for the final play-off spot. At the moment Charlton Athletic do find themselves in the back seat but the form of Jayden Stockley has pushed them up the table. Since joining on loan from Preston North End he’s scored 8 goals in 21 appearances and given the nickname “The Headmaster”. In the last month he managed to score with his feet against Crewe Alexandra as well as a goal in a 6-0 win over Plymouth Argyle, the same game Ryan Law made his first start for The Pilgrims.
John Marquis – Portsmouth F.C.
In pole position for that lucrative play-off spot is Portsmouth F.C. John Marquis scored a brace this month against Accrington Stanley, unfortunately for him a last minute own-goal prevented them taking all 3 points back to Portsea Island as it finished 3-3 at the Crown Ground.
Anthony O’Connor – Bradford City
Anthony O’Connor scored the winner for Bradford City as they beat 10 man Grimsby Town at the beginning of the month. Bradford City are safe from relegation and next season will be their third in a row competing in League 2.
Ryan Bowman and Andy Fisher – Exeter City
On the final day of the season, Exeter need to beat Barrow A.F.C. an hope that Forest Green Rovers slip up against Oldham Athletic to make the play-offs. The League 2 joint top scorers have relied upon Ryan Bowman as one of their goal scorers, finding the back of the net on 14 occasions including goals against Cambridge United and Grimsby Town. The latter game also saw Alex Fisher score his second of the season.
Matt Green – Grimsby Town
Unfortunately for striker Matt Green and Grimsby Town, it’ll be National League football next season after a late comeback from Exeter City condemned them to relegation. Green did score twice in April with goals against Oldham Athletic and Port Vale. Green has had successful spells in the National League, winning the golden boot during 2012-13 promotion season with Mansfield Town. He’s scored 72 goals in 195 games in the fifth tier, with 4 goals in 29 games for Torquay United.
Joss Labadie – Newport County
Hoping to secure a play-off spot on the final day is Newport County but there is a slim chance they could miss out if results go against them. A goal from Joss Labadie has helped them in to an easier position going into the final day as Newport County beat newly promoted Cheltenham Town 1-0.
Conor Wilkinson – Leyton Orient
This season has been one of the best for Conor Wilkinson; only his 1 season in the National League with Dagenham & Redbridge can match his tally of 12 goals so far this season. His latest strike was an early opener in a 3-2 defeat against Carlisle United.
Nathan Smith – Port Vale
Like Leyton Orient and Bradford City, Port Vale will be playing in League 2 once again next season. Midfielder Nathan Smith scored the only goal of the game at the beginning of the month as they tripped Morecambe F.C. up as the Shrimpers chased an automatic promotion spot.
Josh Rees – Aldershot Town
Josh Rees has been an ever-present this season for Aldershot Town as they’ve sat midtable in the National League. His big contribution this season has been his goals. In April he scored The Shots conciliation goal against Stockport County in a 2-1 defeat but scored a brace in a 3-0 win against Weymouth F.C.
Tyrone Marsh – Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood with 5 games to go and have an outside chance of making the play-offs to keep them hungry. The leagues draw specialists drew 2-2 against Hartlepool United with Tyrone Marsh opening the scoring after 4 minutes. The game was most notable for Hartlepool United being forced into sending winger Rhys Oates in goal due to an injury to goalkeeper Ben Killip and not naming a substitute keeper.
Fraser Kerr – Chesterfield F.C.
Chesterfield F.C. have a better chance of making the play-offs but defeats in their last two games have hindered their chances. Defender Fraser Kerr scored his first goal for the club but it was only a consolation goal at his old stomping ground as they lost 3-1 to Hartlepool United.
Paul McCallum – Dagenham & Redbridge
Just like Boreham Wood, mathematically Dagenham & Redbridge have a chance of making the play-offs. They currently find themselves the inform team in the National League with 5 wins in their last 5 games, only Torquay United and Stockport County can boast that they have an unbeaten in their last 5 with The Daggers. A big part of there turn in form is striker Paul McCallum with goals against Eastleigh F.C., King’s Lynn Town, Barnet F.C. and a brace against injury struck Woking F.C.
Dan Sparkes – Maidenhead United
Maidenhead United are also mathematically in with a chance with a play-offs, helped with their games in hand but they have a tough run in with Hartlepool United, Notts County and Sutton United to play. A part of their good form has been down to winger Dan Sparkes, especially in their 6-0 win over Wealdstone, scoring twice in 4 minutes.
Mark Ellis – Notts County
Just outside of the top 7 are Notts County who have seen recent wins against promotion rivals Wrexham A.F.C. and Sutton United key in their pursuit for a play-off spot. Mark Ellis has been star turn in their side, not only helping out defensively; he’s also been in amongst the goals. He scored the winner against Wrexham A.F.C. and the opener in their 4-2 win against Maidenhead United. He also was the pantomime villain at Plainmoor, scoring County’s second goal of the game and being heavily involved in Josh Umerah’s dismissal but turned himself from zero to hero, in Gulls fans eyes, winning the penalty which Ruben Rodrigues scored as Notts County beat Sutton United 3-2.
Luke Young – Wrexham A.F.C.
Wrexham A.F.C currently find themselves in the play-offs and Luke Young has kept calm from 12 yards out. All 3 of his goals in the last month have come from the penalty spot, opening the scoring in a 4-0 win away against Woking F.C. as well as scoring a brace of penalties in the first half as Dean Keates’ men ran out 2-1 winners against Solihull Moors
Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley – Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have faced Solihull Moors twice in 4 days with differing results. The first result saw The Glovers lose 5-1 at Damson Park with Rhys Murphy scoring an equaliser before the hosts ran away with the game. Midweek after the game they won 3-0 at Huish Park with Joe Quigley scoring a hat trick. Quigley also marked signing a new 2-year deal with The Glovers by scoring Yeovil’s second goal as they beat Wealdstone F.C. 2-0.
Adebayo Azeez and Paul Rooney – Dover Athletic
Some clubs have started to announce their retained lists and Dover Athletic are the first side in the National League to do so. Both ExGulls will leave the club at the expiration of their current deals, Adebayo Azeez scored 2 goals in the league in 13 appearances during his second spell at the club whilst Paul Rooney leaves after two years at The Crabble making 21 appearances scoring once.
Simon Heslop – Blyth Spartans
The midfielder hasn’t been offered a new deal at Blyth Spartans after a year in Northumberland. Blyth Spartans found themselves bottom of the table when the National League North season was rendered Null & Void with Heslop’s main contribution being a hat trick of penalties against Whitley Bay in their 4-2 F.A. Cup Second Qualifying Round win.
Jared Lewington – Tiverton Town
Lewington returned to Ladysmead after a spell at Plainmoor last season. Just like Blyth Spartans, Tiverton Town’s season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic where they sat 2nd. Lewington scored twice but has turned down a new deal as he’s been offered a contract elsewhere.
Sean McGinty – Greenock Morton
Greenock Morton find themselves in the play-off relegation zone with 2 games remaining in the Scottish Championship. Greenock Morton have had a cup-run this season being knocked out by Scottish Premiership side Motherwell F.C. in the Scottish Cup
In the previous round, Sean McGinty scored from the penalty spot to turn the tie in Greenock’s favour, knocking out East Fife 2-1 after extra time. In the quarterfinal, McGinty missed his kick in the penalty shoot-out, which was costly as they lost 5-3 on penalties after it finished 1-1 after extra time.
In their crucial Scottish Championship match, McGinty was shown a straight red card as they drew 0-0 away against Arbroath F.C.
Ruairi Keating – Galway United
Keating currently finds himself as top scorer for Galway United this season with 3 goals in 5 appearances. He scored Galway’s first equaliser as they drew 2-2 against UC Dublin. He also scored a brace of penalties as they beat 10 man Cobh Rambles 4-0.
Rhys Healey – Toulouse F.C.
Toulouse F.C. currently have a game in hand over 2nd place over Clermont Foot, who sit in the final automatic promotion spot but find themselves 4 points behind their promotion rivals. Healey has now matched his goal record from last season at Milton Keynes Dons as his 11th of the season earned Toulouse F.C. a point against E.A. Guingamp.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco – Kuala Lumpur City
The Australian scored his first goal in Malaysia as they lost 3-2 against Kedah Darul Aman F.C.. The 27 year old has started all 12 games so far the season with Kuala Lumpur City currently sitting midtable.
R.I.P Alan McLoughlin
Unfortunately we heard the sad news of the death of midfielder Alan McLoughlin. He was on loan at Plainmoor between 1987-88 scoring 4 goals in 24 appearances. During his career he spent most of his playing days at Portsmouth F.C. and Swindon Town with the latter managing their academy between 2016 to his death. He was also capped 42 times by Republic of Ireland, scoring twice with one of his goals qualifying Ireland for the 1994 World Cup, which he was named in the squad for as being named in the prior World Cup in 1990.