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League Two Preview: 5 September

Into September now and the League Two table has started taking shape. Leyton Orient lead the way with a 100% record, whilst Portsmouth, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United remain unbeaten. It’s been a tough start for Newport County, Dagenham and Redbridge and Luton as all three are at the wrong end of the table and still in search of their first league win. Here is your League Two Preview:


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Saturday 5 September 

Exeter City vs Leyton Orient 

Exeter have two wins from their opening five games but haven’t won in their last two, and this weekend they welcome table toppers Leyton Orient to St James Park. The Grecians have made an inconsistent start as Paul Tisdale aims to lead his side to the playoffs, whilst Ian Hendon’s Leyton Orient side have made a terrific start after last season’s relegation, and they’ll be a tough test for the Devon club.


Stevenage vs Plymouth Argyle 

Two sides with two new managers that have made two very different starts to the season. Teddy Sheringham’s Stevenage have won only once this season and have made a slow start to the campaign, whilst Derek Adams’ Pilgrims have lost just once, winning the other four. Both sides will hope for a play-off finish this year after both finishing in the playoffs last season, and it could be an exciting early season clash.


Wycombe Wanderers vs Hartlepool United 

These two sides have made a positive start to the season and they’ll both be looking to capitalise this weekend. The Chairboys have kept four clean sheets from their five games, and despite successive defeats, Hartlepool, who remain comfortably in the top half, will be looking to bounce back against tough opposition.


Portsmouth vs Accrington Stanley 

Despite needing two late goals in the last two weeks earning a draw and win respectively, Portsmouth have began the season very well and remain unbeaten. As for their opposition Accrington, they’ve made an inconsistent start, but have held Luton, Notts County and Northampton to draws, whilst winning against Mansfield.


Mansfield Town vs AFC Wimbledon 

These two sides have made an inconsistent start to the season, but have already shown plenty of promise. Adam Murray’s Stags have already beaten Notts County ams York City, as well as picking up a point against Oxford United. They are capable of causing an upset, as are the opponents Wimbledon, who won away at Crawley and at home against Exeter already this season.


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Cambridge United vs Luton Town

Cambridge began the season emphatically, winning 3-0 on the opening day and going unbeaten for three games. But a 3-0 home defeat against Crawley and last week’s goalless draw at Barnet gave held the U’s back slightly, but this weekend they face a Luton side that remain winless. The Hatters have picked up just two points, and have thrown away a two goal lead twice, as well as shipping three late goals, all of which have cost them dearly.


Yeovil Town vs Morecambe 

After successive relegations, Yeovil have began life in League Two just as poor. Having already lost four, the Glovers find themselves in 21st, and face a Morecambe side that have began the season brightly, including last weekend’s 4-1 win over Notts County.


Northampton vs Dagenham and Redbridge 

After back to back wins in the opening two week’s, Northampton then suffered back to back defeats. Last week’s draw showed signs of improvement for Chris Wilder’s side, but still quite haven’t hit the mark. Neither have their opponents Dagenham who find themselves still in search of a win, having drawn twice and losing three.


Carlisle United vs Barnet 

Carlisle recorded their first win last weekend at Hartlepool, and have a striker in form in Jabo Ibehre, who has scored seven league goals already this season. As for their opponents Barnet, they’ve made a slow start after returning to League Two, winning just once. That said, they’ve made some good performances and should be alright by the end of the season.


Newport County vs York City 

Bottom of the table Newport are in search for their first win of the season, and they welcome York City to Rodney Parade. York themselves have just one win from a difficult opening start to the season, and both sides will be looking to hit a change of form throughout September.


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Sunday 6 September 

Bristol Rovers vs Oxford United

Another two sides that have made a good start to the season meet at the Memorial Stadium as Bristol Rovers host Oxford United. Despite losing their opening fixture, The Gas have picked up form as the season has gone on, occupying a play-off place. As do their opponents Oxford, as the U’s are one of four sides unbeaten in the league after three draws, all of which they came from behind, and two victories over Yeovil and Notts County respectively.

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About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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