League Two Review – Week 8

Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign week heads into its conclusion this weekend, with today’s match against Tranmere Rovers selected as City’s fixture to highlight LGBT inclusivity in football.

Newport County displayed their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign in their 2-1 win over Morecambe at Rodney Parade on Saturday. Michael Flynn’s side kept their spot at the top of Sky Bet League Two thanks to a late penalty conversion from Matthew Dolan – his third of the season. It was a miserable day for Shrimps defender Stephen Hendrie, who received his first red card in over six years by way of a pair of yellow cards as his side slumped to their second loss in four games.

On the opposite end of the table, Mansfield Town snatched a much-needed point right at the death as they hosted Crawley Town. Nigel Clough’s Stags found themselves 3-1 behind on the hour mark, but a goal from George Lapslie and last-gasp heroics from 30-year-old Andy Cook ensured that Mansfield moved further clear of the looming relegation zone. Crawley’s dropped points could have seen them move up to 12th on goal difference, where they would be just three points away from a spot in the playoffs.

Ian Evatt’s Bolton Wanderers were hit for six at home to free-scoring Port Vale. Vale’s six unique goal scorers put Wanderers to the sword with three scored either side of halftime. Despite seeing 67% of the ball and registering 19 attempts, Evatt’s five second-half substitutions could only find two late consolation goals. Bolton fall to 12th with the loss, level on 22 points with Vale and Morecambe.

Cambridge United suffered their third defeat in six matches as they welcomed Oldham Athletic to Abbey Stadium. After high-flying Paul Mullin squandered an opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime, United leaked twice in quick succession shortly after the break. Mullin eventually scored his routine goal in injury time, chalking up his 14th in 15 matches this term and keeping him well clear at the top of the goal-scoring charts. Cambridge, who had been tussling at the top in the early stages of the season, find themselves in 6th following the loss but could move back up to third by winning their game in hand.

It was a fifth straight defeat in all competitions for Bradford City, who were beaten 1-0 by Carlisle United at Valley Parade. The Bantams’ gut-wrenching form has seen them find the net just twice in those five matches. They have tumbled to second-bottom in the standings, with just three wins to their name. Only Southend United sit below City, on six points and crying out for a run of fortune.

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