During the season, I will be bringing you a quick overview of the weekends best action from League Two. I’ll also put together a team of the week plus have a look at upcoming games. It sounds long, but it won’t be!
After weeks of build up it was great to finally get the season started. The first action came from Kingsmeadow where newly promoted, and massively covered, AFC Wimbledon got their Football League journey underway to the delight of football fans up and down the country.
Sadly, it wasn’t to be. A strong Bristol Rovers side spoiled the Wombles’ party after coming away with a 3-2 win. Still, AFC Wimbledon are pleased to be back, and like many other sides, they’ll be thinking there is a long way to go.
The other promotion hopefuls Swindon Town started with a win at home to Crewe after an impressive 2nd half display from Di Canio’s new look squad including an excellent goal from team captain Oliver Risser.
The bookmakers favourites for the League Two title – Crawley Town had to make do with a point after Port Vale’s Louis Dodd’s scored a late equaliser at Vale Park. Crawley did live up to their ‘favourites’ tag with some slick, physical football with good solo performances from Sergio Torres and Kyle McFadzean.
Aldershot made an impressive start to the season with a big away win at Bradford. Over 10,000 fans were packed into Valley Parade to witness Peter Jackson’s first game as permanent boss but many left feeling underwhelmed again at Bradford’s lackluster performance.
And finally, it was a good start for Burton Albion new boy Justin Richards, but not so great for his new team as Torquay came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Plainmoor. It was made even worse when new loan signing Tom Parkes was sent off late on.
Team of the Week:
GK – Scott Brown
RB – Matthew Tootle
LB – Joe Martin
CB – Aden Flint
CB – Scott Doe
MR – Sergio Torres
ML – Ryan Hall
CM – Alex Rodman
CM – Eunan O’Kane
CF – Justin Richards
CF – Lewis Grabban
Upcoming fixtures (key games in bold):
Accrington Stanley v Southend, Aldershot v Northampton, Barnet v Part Vale, Bristol Rovers v Torquay, Burton Albion v Shrewsbury, Cheltenham v Swindon, Crawley v Macclesfield, Crewe v Gillingham, Dag & Red v Wimbledon, Hereford v Morecambe, Oxford v Bradford, Plymouth v Rotherham
Swindon take on one of the relegation favourites Cheltenham at Whaddon Road in Paolo Di Canio’s first away game.
After only leaving the club a few months ago, Bristol Rovers manager Paul Buckle takes on his former club Torquay at the Memorial Stadium.
Dagenham & Redbridge take on AFC Wimbledon in a London derby. Another tough test for the newly promoted Wombles.
One of the promotion favourites Oxford have their first game at home to underachieving Bradford, a big game for both clubs after a poor start to the season.
That’s League two summed up! More next week..
By Dan the fan – Swindon Town fan – @danjohnson6