League Two Review – Season 2, Week 7

Sky Bet League Two crossed the quarter-way mark last week, and some fascinating patterns have began appearing across the division.

Runaway leaders Forest Green Rovers continued their remarkable away form on Saturday. Rob Edwards’ side have played six matches on the road and have returned to Gloucestershire with the points maximum on five occasions, with a goalless draw here at St James Park their only shortfall.

Forest Green remain unbeaten on their travels, cruising to a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United last week. The Green registered a 66% share of possession and 10 attempts, but the win ultimately came from two quickfire goals in the second half. On the hour-mark, division top-scorer Jamille Matt netted his seventh goal of the term from the penalty spot. Five minutes later, the win was sealed by a ferocious header from midfielder Ebou Adams.

Scunthorpe’s unenviable form is much the opposite; they have not even picked up a point over the last month and have failed to beat any opposition since August. With form like that, it is of little surprise that the Iron sit bottom of the league and three points adrift of safety.

In similar fashion to Forest Green, Hartlepool United top the charts for home form. The league newcomers are yet to be beaten in the familiar surroundings of their Victoria Park home and have claimed 16 of their 17 points there.

Of course, this leaves them bottom of the away form table with just a solitary point to their name, but positives have to be taken from their home performances. Dave Challinor’s side sit in midtable, but are just a point off the playoffs owing to the tightly-packed nature of the top half.

Elsewhere, Tranmere Rovers are in great form across the pitch. Tranmere had a difficult start to the season but have since bounced back in style, claiming four clean sheets from their last five games on their way to chalking up the league-best form in that time. The Super White Army have not been beaten in the league in more than a month and now find themselves battling for the automatic promotion positions after a 1-0 win over Carlisle United last time out.

Individual players have patterns emerging too, with none more prevalent than that of Exeter City forward Sam Nombe. The 22-year-old has netted five times in his last five appearances, with his most recent rescuing a point against Newport County. City have never lost a match in which Nombe has scored.

On four occasions this season, Barrow’s Ollie Banks has scored and been shown a yellow card within 15 minutes of each other. He is the league’s most-cautioned player with six bookings on his record already.

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