League Two Review – Week 4

In the week that Sky Bet League Two staged its first midweek fixtures of the 2020/21 season, the standings saw one of its biggest reshufflings to date with two new sides filling the relegation spots as well as a new leader.

Cambridge United stormed to the top of the table with a 5-0 away win at Scunthorpe United’s Sand Venue Stadium. Paul Mullins opened the scoring with a brace of penalties in the first half, which saw him head to the summit of the goal-scoring charts with an astonishing seven matches from his six appearances this term. Cambridge’s five-star showing put them on par with Tottenham Hotspur as the joint-highest-scoring team with 15 goals each since the beginning of the season.

Harrogate Town moved back to their home, the EnviroVent Stadium, for its first time hosting an English Football League tie. The Sulphurites had been operating from Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium while the 3G pitch in Harrogate was being torn up and replaced by a grass field to comply with EFL rulings.
Harrogate beat fellow National League graduates Barrow, 1-0, through a first-half Jack Muldoon strike – his fourth goal of the season.

Grimsby Town endured three long away journeys in the space of seven days, with 236, 386, and 384-mile round trips on the agenda as they visited Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town, and Leyton Orient respectively. After a goalless draw with Bolton, Ian Holloway’s Mariners puckered up to pick up a further six points from a possible six, with the winning goal against Orient coming from the spot in injury time.

Town leapt to 15th with their string of good results as they begin to catch up on the several fixtures that were postponed as a result of positive coronavirus tests.

Just three teams – Barrow and the two relegation zone sides, Mansfield Town and Southend United – are without a win in their opening six matches. Oldham Athletic earned their first of the season with a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers, lifting them from the bottom of the pile into 19th.

Away from the pitch a proposal of a £50m bailout, which promised grants and interest-free loans to clubs in League One and Two, was rejected by the EFL following divisional discussions. The plan was rejected on the grounds that it only entailed aid for two of the EFL’s three divisions, but they are keen to reach an agreeable solution.

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