Six sides recorded a clean sheet in last week’s Sky Bet League Two action, with Forest Green Rovers, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Rochdale, Salford City and Exeter City all winning to nil. This week, we take a look at the best defences in the division so far.
League leaders Forest Green’s 1-0 win over Northampton Town marked only their second clean sheet of the season, with their previous coming a week prior in the goalless draw at St James Park. Jamille Matt’s fourth goal of the season, 13 minutes from time, kept the Green leading the way in the standings, although Harrogate Town sit just two points behind with a game in hand.
On account of goals conceded alone, Tranmere Rovers can stake a claim as having the best defence in League Two. Tranmere have only leaked three goals in the seven matches played, but they sit 15th having scored on just two occasions. Not one of their fixtures has seen more than one goal scored, with the most recent a 1-0 defeat to Rochdale. The Dale dominated the bout, and all three points were sealed by a poked effort from 20-year-old Danny Cashman.
Leyton Orient moved into the automatic promotion spots with a ruthless 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic. Orient’s glistening home form boasts an impressive 9:2 goal ratio, with the two conceded coming at the hands of Harrogate.
Scotsman Theodore Archibald scored and assisted against Oldham as Kenny Jackett’s Orient ran riot. Striker Harry Smith found the net in injury time to round off the scoring, and simultaneously jumped into the joint-lead of the top scorers’ charts. The 26-year-old has scored five times in his six league appearances this term.
Salford notched up their second successive home clean sheet with a 1-0 win over Bradford City. The Ammies left it late to seal a big win, with Matthew Lund getting on the end of a sumptuous Josh Morris corner delivery and bundling home a 90th-minute winner.
Hartlepool have conceded just once at home upon their return to the Football League. The Monkey Hangers boast the best home record of anybody in the division, having won each of their four ties at Victoria Park.
Last time out, Hartlepool got the better of Bristol Rovers with a 1-0 win over the ailing ex-League One side. Defender Jamie Sterry bagged the winner shortly after the hour-mark, chalking up their sixth home goal of the campaign.
In stark contrast, Oldham are having a torrid time at the back. The Latics conceded 81 league goals last season (12 more than anyone else) and look to be on the way to repeating that unwanted feat, having already leaked on 14 occasions this year.