After a disappointing campaign last season Morecambe continue their excellent start to the season with a 6-0 hammering over promotion rivals Crawley at the Globe Arena to take them top of League Two.
Rotherham put last weekend’s first league defeat behind them with an impressive display at home to Dag & Red thanks to a brace from Lewis Grabban and a tidy finish from Gareth Evans.
Shrewsbury’s Marvin Morgan scored two as they beat struggling Hereford at The New Meadow, at 2-1 Shrews keeper Ben Smith gave Delroy Facey a chance with a poor clearance but his effort hit the bar and Shrewsbury went on to win 3-1.
In other selected results, Cheltenham’s rise up League Two continued with a 2-0 home win over Macclesfield, Burton came from two goals down to earn a draw in Oxford and Swindon won their second home game in a week over Southend.
Bradford’s new manager Phil Parkinson is still waiting for his first win as new boss as Bristol Rovers left the Valley with a point after leading twice. Port Vale piled more pressure on troubled Plymouth with a convincing win at Home Park thanks to two goals from Gary Roberts.
Highlights of Morecambe 6 Crawley 0 –
Team of the Week
GK – Bobby Olenjik – Torquay
DR. Nick Fenton – Morecambe
DL. Ryan Green – Port Vale
DC. Adam Dugdale – Crewe
DC. Kelvin Langmead – Northampton
MF. Izak Reid – Morecambe
MF. Gary Roberts – Port Vale
MF. Simon Ferry – Swindon
ST. Justin Richards – Burton Albion
ST. Danny Carlton – Morecambe
ST. Marvin Morgan – Shrewsbury
Sam Walker, Jason Price, Lewis Grabban, Jonathan Smith, Mehdi Kerrouche, Alfie Potter, Luke Murphy and Mark Byrne also had good weekends for their clubs.
Tonight’s Fixtures (key games in bold, with added predictions):
AFC Wimbledon (3) v (0) Northampton, Accrington Stanley (1) v (2) Rotherham, Barnet (1) v (1) Plymouth, Bristol Rovers (2) v (1) Shrewsbury, Burton Albion (2) v (2) Crewe, Crawley Town (1) v (1) Swindon Town, Dag & Red (1) v (1) Oxford, Hereford (2) v (1) Aldershot, Macclesfield (0) v (3) Morecambe, Port Vale (3) v (2) Bradford, Southend (2) v (0) Gillingham, Torquay (0) v (0) Cheltenham.
With both teams at the wrong end of the table Barnet take on Plymouth at Underhill, where Plymouth will try and get there first win of the season.
Paul Buckle’s Bristol Rovers will want to get their season finally moving at home to on form Shrewsbury at the Memorial Stadium.
After their humiliation at Morecambe, Crawley play an in form Swindon Town who will want to carry on their winning streak. 5th placed Cheltenham take on 6th placed Torquay at Plainmoor which also promises to be a mouthwatering match up.
Saturday’s fixtures (key games in bold, with added predictions):
Port Vale (1) v (1) Shrewsbury, AFC Wimbledon (1) v (0) Cheltenham, Accrington Stanley (0) v (2) Crewe, Barnet (1) v (2) Oxford, Bristol Rovers (1) v (1) Aldershot, Burton Albion (1) v (3) Swindon, Crawley (2) v (2) Bradford, Dag & Red (1) v (1) Morecambe, Hereford (0) v (3) Gillingham, Macclesfield (1) v (1) Northampton, Southend (3) v (0) Plymouth, Torquay (2) v (4) Rotherham.
More next week!
By Dan the fan – Swindon Town fan – @danjohnson6