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League Two Review: 1 October

A busy time is in store for many League Two clubs, as league matches and midweek fixtures in the EFL Trophy have set up a test of both fitness and form.

We take a look around at League Two action from this past weekend.

 

WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1 – 0 EXETER CITY 

Wycombe secured an important 1-0 victory over Exeter City on Saturday to climb up the table.

A strike from Adebayo Akinfenwa in the 85th minute put the Chairboys in front and on their way to three points.

A perfect pass from Anthony Stewart set up the goal, as the home side dominated the second half.

Exter City, now occupying one of the relegation spots early in the campaign, will be frustrated by missed opportunities in the first half.

 

BARNET 0 – 0 LEYTON ORIENT 

Attacking issues on both sides of the pitch saw Barnet and Leyton Orient end in a scoreless draw at the Hive Stadium.

Few chances from either club materialised and both goalkeepers were not tested much throughout the match.

Leyton Orient can find a positive in gaining a point after four consecutive league losses.

 

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2 – 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 

A wild encounter at Cambs Glass Stadium ended in a 2-1 victory for Cambridge United over Accrington Stanely, as United goalkeeper Will Norris saved two stoppage time penalties.

Centre-back Leon Legge, who opened the scoring in the 14th minute,  and rightback Bradley Halliday were both sent off. Each found themselves grateful for Norris’ heroics between the posts.

Forward Bill Kee scored the equaliser (51′) for Stanley, with Piero Mingoia finding the winner in the 81st minute.

United were able to hang on with nine men for their third win of the 2016-17 campaign.

 

CARLISLE UNITED 2 – 0 COLCHESTER UNITED 

Carlisle United extended their unbeaten run to start the season in defeating Colchester United 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals from Jason Kennedy and substitute Jabo Ibehre capped off a fine defensive performance from the Cumbrians.

Colchester and manager John McGreal will feel frustrated by missed chances to grab a result before the hosts surged ahead in the late stages.

 

CHELTENHAM TOWN  1 – 1 LUTON TOWN 

Cheltenham Town did well to bounce back from an opening Luton Town goal, earning a point in a 1-1 draw.

The result sees Cheltenham tied for fourth place in League Two, while Luton Town now sit just above the relegation zone.

Luton Town forward Danny Hylton scored in the 52nd minute before Daniel O’Shaughnessy leveled the match for the Robins in the 64th minute.

 

CRAWLEY TOWN FC 1 – 0 BLACKPOOL 

A close match at Broadfield Stadium saw a late winner from an unlikely source. Centre-back Mark Connolly scored in the 69th minute to give Crawley Town a 1-0 victory against Blackpool.

The Reds’ defence absorbed late pressure from the visitors, but held tight for an important three points.

Crawley Town are now tied for fourth place in the table with Luton Town on 18 points each.

 

CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 – 1 MANSFIELD TOWN 

Two goals in a five minute span at the Alexandra Stadium resulted in a 1-1 draw between Crewe Alexandra and Mansfield Town.

Forward Chris Dagnall scored his 100th league goal, finding the equaliser in the 56th minute for the hosts.

Patrick Hoban opened the scoring for Mansfield Town in the 51st minute.

The match was difficult for both sides in the attack throughout and each club will want to see a more proactive approach in their next league fixtures.

 

GRIMSBY TOWN 0 – 3 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 

Grimsby Town and their supporters had the chance to climb up to third place in League Two on Saturday at home against Hartlepool United.

But a brace from former striker Padraig Amond instead made it a day to forget, en route to 3-0 victory for the Pools.

Amond struck twice in the first half, Nathan Thomas added a third in the 60th minute and a solid outing from Hartlepool goalkeeper Trevor Carson kept the Grimsby attack from finding a breakthrough.

 

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 4 – 1 YEOVIL TOWN FC 

Plymouth Argyle and manager Derek Adams flexed their muscles again this past weekend, as a 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town has now stretched their lead atop League Two to five points.

A brace from Jake Jervis and a goal from Graham Carey showcased the Pilgrims’ quality in the midfield, while forward James Spencer opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Defender Darren Ward scored Yeovil’s only goal of the day in the 45th minute.

 

PORTSMOUTH FC 1 – 2 DONCASTER ROVERS 

Fratton Park and the Pompey saw two first half goals ultimately too much to overcome on Saturday, as Doncaster Rovers secured a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth and sit second in the league table.

After a draw and a loss in their last two league matches, goals from John Marquis and Andrew Williams brought the Rovers an important three points. Midfielder Carl Baker scored before halftime to cut the deficit to one, but Portsmouth could not find an equaliser.

 

NEWPORT COUNTY – STEVENAGE

Match postponed due to weather.

NOTTS COUNTY – MORECAMBE FC

Match postponed due to weather.

About Roy Emanuel

Roy was born and raised in New York but now calls Arizona home. A passionate writer/editor focused on bringing quality content to those that love the beautiful game. La Liga, MLS and League Two always catch his eye.

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