League Two Review – Week 2

In the week that Exeter City set their Sky Bet EFL League Two campaign back on track with a 2-1 win on the road against Mansfield, the last of the 100-per-cent records were quashed at the summit of the standings.  

Cambridge United slumped to a goalless draw when they entertained Tranmere Rovers at Abbey Stadium on Saturday. Although they retained their spot at the top, United missed out on a golden opportunity to extend their lead as Port Vale – the only other club with two wins from their first two matches – too played out a 0-0 draw, this one with league newcomers Harrogate Town.  

Morecambe made the biggest leap of anyone, shooting up to fifth from 14th thanks to a 2-1 win at bottom-of-the-league Southend United. The Shrimpers enjoyed 60% of the possession and strung together a league-best 446 completed passes. Southend could have lifted themselves off the foot of the Football League with just a single point, as three other clubs are also yet to chalk up any points this term.  

Newport County landed themselves in the automatic promotion spots with a 2-0 win over Ian Evatt’s Bolton Wanderers. Wanderers, who bear an almost-unrecognisable side from the one that was relegated from League One last season, have not found the net in three matches and are yet to earn a point in the 2020/21 campaign.  

Evatt’s previous club, Barrow, held promotion-chasing Colchester United to a 1-1 draw after falling behind in the first half. 19-year-old Noah Chilvers bagged his first professional goal for United with a blistering effort from beyond the penalty area. The Bluebirds, with whom Evatt claimed the National League title last season, are without a win in their opening three fixtures and sit 19th with two points to their name.  

Grimsby Town were due to travel to Cheltenham Town as they looked to progress from second-bottom, but a positive COVID-19 test in the Mariners’ first-team squad put a halt to their weekend. It is just the second professional football match in England to be postponed due to positive coronavirus tests. The tie will be rearranged.  

Despite a pair of goals from Lee Novak to turn the game on its head in Bradford City’s 2-1 win over Stevenage, Salford City striker Ian Henderson continues to lead the way in the goal-scoring charts. Meanwhile, Cambridge forward Luke Hannant tops the assists ranking with two from three appearances.  

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