League Two Review – Season 2, Week 5

The majority of Sky Bet League Two sides will contest their 10th game of the season this weekend. Clubs continue to jostle for position across the division as we take a look into their recent form.

Port Vale had a rocky start to the season, drawing three of losing one of their opening four bouts. Vale have propelled themselves up the ladder over the last five matchdays, having chalked up four wins from their last five. Last week saw the Valiants moved into fourth – the highest of the playoff spots – following a 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

Leyton Orient have been the team to fear of late as they stand as the only side to reach double figures on the scoring tally over the last five matches. Orient, who sit second in the league, scored 11 in their previous five fixtures and recorded as many points. The O’s ran riot earlier in the month as they thrashed Oldham Athletic 4-0, but they limped to a frustrating goalless draw with Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Hartlepool United’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City saw them retain their place in the payoffs by the skin of their teeth. Pools are unbeaten at their Victoria Park home in the league, but a difficult time on the road has seen Dave Challinor’s men wither away from challenging at the top of League Two. United have won one, drawn two and lost two of their previous five outings.

Stevenage lay unwanted claim to experiencing the worst form in the division of late. The Boro have scored only two goals in their last five matches and picked up as many points. Stevenage tumbled down the standings in this time, and now sit 21st following a goalless draw with high-flying Harrogate Town. There appears to be no let-up for Alex Revell’s side, who will face three of the top seven clubs in their next five fixtures.

Like Stevenage, Mansfield have not had a win in their last five games. The Stags have conceded on eight occasions in this time, and have endured three losses and two draws. Mansfield sit deep into the bottom half of the table and are in desperate need for a win – something they haven’t achieved since mid-August.

At the foot of the league sit Oldham, despite a significant turnaround in their fortunes. Oldham failed to take any points from their opening four games, but have since claimed seven from their last five. The Latics have won twice on the road in recent weeks, with victories over both Sutton United and Rochdale. Oldham have a tendency to leave things late, however, having scored just one first-half goal across the 13 matches played in all competitions.

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