This week in League Two we’ve seen Crawley’s 34 league game unbeaten run come to an end in the Cotswold’s, Rotherham prove there’s life after Alf and Wimbledon experience a football league hammering for the first time.
But first we’ll visit Whaddon Road and Cheltenham’s surprising win over newly promoted Crawley.
Since entering League Two this season Crawley have so far played and got the results we all expected, but Cheltenham who have already beaten another promotion favourite Swindon showed one of the reasons why we all love football, across all leagues it can be very unpredictable.
As I mentioned in my ‘Future stars of L2’ piece it would be nearly impossible for Rotherham to keep hold of Adam Le Fondre and the news all Miller fans didn’t want to hear came true on Saturday after he signed for Reading.
But sometimes when a big name and personality leaves a club it can be a good thing for other players in the squad and Saturday’s 3-0 win to take the team top was a great start to the clubs life after losing Le Fondre.
In other selected results, Wimbledon suffered a 4-0 defeat at Moss Rose to Macclesfield; Port Vale suffered their first home defeat to Southend, Swindon’s poor start to the season continued with Shrewsbury taking all 3 points and Crewe took full advantage at crisis club Plymouth with a 1-0 win.
Team of the Week
GK. David Cornell – Hereford
RB. Chris Mitchell – Bradford
LB. Dean Winnard – Accrington
CB. Steve Elliot – Cheltenham
CB. Harry Davis – Crewe
MR. Danny Schofield – Rotherham
ML. Lionel Ainsworth – Shrewsbury
CM. Marlon Pack – Cheltenham
CM. Mark Bradley – Rotherham
CF. Emile Sinclair – Macclesfield
CF. James Hanson – Bradford
Gary McDonald, Liam Dickinson, Doug Loft, Luke Gutteridge, Adam Bolder and Callum Kennedy all also played key roles for their clubs over the weekend.
Upcoming fixtures (key games in bold, with added predictions):
Aldershot (1) v Cheltenham (0), Barnet (1) v Accrington Stanley (2), Burton Albion (3) v Plymouth (1), Crawley Town (4) v Bristol Rovers (3), Crewe (0) v Oxford (1), Gillingham (2) v Shrewsbury (1), Hereford (0) v Dag & Red (0), Morecambe (2) v Bradford (3), Southend (2) v Northampton (0), Swindon (2) v Rotherham (2) (KO 12.15pm), Torquay (2) v Macclesfield (2), AFC Wimbledon (2) v Port Vale (2).
Crawley will be looking to forget about their recent setback when they take on an improving Bristol Rovers side, which will want to move into the playoff places this weekend.
I’ve picked out Southend v Northampton simply because this game could decide the future of Cobblers boss Gary Johnson, with his side having a poor start and disappointing run of results since he arrived this could be his last chance to save his job.
And finally Swindon take on top of the league Rotherham at the County Ground live on Sky Sports in a game where League Two will be on show to the whole world, and all eyes will be on Paolo Di Canio and weather he can inspire his Swindon team to victory against League Two’s best side at the moment – Rotherham United. It should also be interesting to see how Di Canio conducts himself and the reception he receives after his mid-week Carling Cup bust up with new striker, Leon Clarke (see video).
By Dan the fan – Swindon Town fan – @danjohnson6