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Story of the Week - An incredible finish

Each week, we look at a story from the footballing world that may have escaped the attention of most fans. This week, we are focussing on the incredible climax of the League 2 season, featuring one of the most unbelievable comebacks in English football history.

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Going into the final round of fixtures, Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers were locked on 77 points, but Northampton's superior goal difference meant that in the event of them achieving equal results, Rovers needed a five goal swing to surpass their rivals.

Dream start for Cobblers

The afternoon looked to be plain sailing for Northampton, as they raced into a 3-0 lead at Barrow after just 22 minutes. Rovers were doing their bit by leading 2-0 against relegated Scunthorpe, but as half time approached they looked destined for the playoffs. Even a Barrow goal on the stroke of half time appeared nothing more than a consolation, as Rovers still trailed the Cobblers by five on goal difference.


With nothing to lose and needing five more goals, Rovers came out all guns blazing in the second half and completely overwhelmed their opponents. Aaron Collins and Antony Evans both claimed a brace, before Elliot Anderson’s 85th minute header put Bristol 7-0 up and into dreamland. With no further goals at Barrow, Rovers had completed an unbelievable turnaround to secure promotion. The final whistle saw a mass pitch invasion as home supporters celebrated one of the most dramatic endings to any season in league history.

As for Northampton, they need to refocus on the end of season playoffs, as they attempt to join Rovers in League One. You can check out the latest markets for this and all the other big upcoming games by reading our football betting odds today.

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