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League 2 Promotion Race: a preview of the final 9 games

The League 2 promotion race heats up as with less than 10 games left to secure promotion to League One we here at 24/7 Football decided to take a look at the final 9 games for every team fighting for promotion.

1. Lincoln City

Lincoln City currently sit top of the table going into the final 9 games of the season. The Imps have  lead the way for the majority of the season and will be looking for a strong finish to secure their promotion to League One. The Imps last played in England’s third tier in 1999 and under the astute guidance of the Cowley brothers will be looking to play in League One for the first time this Century.

Lincoln’s recent form  – WDWWW

The Imps head into the final 9 games in impressive form with the Lincolnshire based side unbeaten in there last 14 League games. Lincoln have also won three consecutive games in a row keeping a clean sheet in the last two. Lincoln also boast an impressive Home record with the Imps unbeaten in there last 15 games making Sincil Bank a fortress.

Lincoln’s final 9 games

Mansfield Town (A) 18/03/2019

Crawley Town (A) 23/03/2019

Macclesfield Town  (H) 30/03/2019

MK Dons (A) 06/04/2019

Cheltenham (H) 13/04/2019

Carlisle United (A) 19/04/2019

Tranmere Rovers (H) 22/04/2019

Newport County (A) 27/04/2019

Colchester United (H) 04/05/2019

Lincoln’s final 9 games of the League campaign are a mixed bag of opponents with Lincoln having to face 5 of the top 8 teams in the division, 3 of which are away from Home. A long trip to Carlisle thrown in over the Easter weekend should be a deciding factor in Lincoln’s title hopes. The Imps also have to face bottom of the pile Macclesfield who could prove to be a challenging test depending on their predicament.

2.Bury

The Shakers currently sit second in the League 2 table 5 points behind leaders Lincoln. Bury have been one of League 2 most entertaining teams to watch this season with the Manchester-based side scoring 71 goals so far this season the third highest in all four divisions. The Shakers will be looking to maintain strong form into the final 9 games of the season to try and snatch the title away from Lincoln.

Bury’s recent form – WWWDW

Just like Lincoln, Bury come into the final 9 games in stupendous form with the Shakers unbeaten in there last 13 games with there last loss coming on Boxing day where Bury fell to a (2-1) defeat away at third-placed Mansfield Town. Bury haven’t failed to score in there last 12 league games with the Shakers last unable to find the back of the net away at Notts County.

Bury’s final 9 games

Cambridge United (H) 16/03/2019

Grimsby Town (A) 23/03/2019

Swindon Town (H) 30/03/2019

Carlisle United (A) 06/04/2019

Colchester United (H) 13/04/2019

Newport County (A) 19/04/2019

Northampton (H) 22/04/2019

Tranmere Rovers (A) 27/04/2019

Port Vale (H) 04/05/2019

Bury arguably have a much easier run in on paper than Lincoln, with the Shakers only having to play 3 of the top 7 clubs compared to Lincoln’s 5. However with 2 out of the three being away from home plus one of those being a long trip to Carlisle it could be an interesting final 9 games for Bury.

3.Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town currently occupies the third and final automatic promotion place. The Stags who have one of the biggest budgets in League Two haven’t played League One football since 2003. Mansfield currently have the best defence in League Two and the third best in the Football League.

Mansfield Town’s recent form – LWWLD

The Stags head into the final 9 games in a dip of form with the Nottinghamshire based side only winning 2 out of there last 6 games. Mansfield have also failed to pick up three points on the road in there last 5 away games. However, on the country, the Stags are unbeaten in there last 5 home games.

Mansfield’s final 9 games

Lincoln City (H) 16/03/2019

Crewe Alexandra (H) 23/03/2019

Exeter City (A) 30/03/2019

Northampton Town (H) 13/04/2019

Morecambe (H) 19/04/2019

Oldham Athletic (A) 22/04/2019

Stevenage (H) 27/04/2019

MK Dons (A) 04/05/2019

Mansfield just like Bury have to play 3 of the top 8 teams however the Stags have to play both Lincoln and Exeter in the next three games. After these games, the Stags have an easy run in playing multiple mid-table teams till a final day clash with fourth-placed MK Dons.

4.MK Dons

MK Dons currently sit just outside the League 2 automatic spots on goal difference as the Dons look for an immediate return to League One football. MK find themselves in League 2 for the first time since 2008 and are hoping that the suave and sophisticated Paul Tisdale can guide the club to promotion.

MK Dons recent form – WWWWL

The Dons head into the final 9 games in an upturn of form with MK winning 5 out of there last 6 games. However, MK have picked up strange results since the turn of the year with the Buckinghamshire based side losing (4-2) to 19th place Morecambe and a (1-0) defeat to Crewe at home.

MK Dons final 9 games

Stevenage (H) 16/03/2019

Yeovil Town (H) 23/03/2019

Forest Green Rovers (A) 30/03/2019

Tranmere Rovers (A) 13/04/2019

Notts County (A) 19/04/2019

Port Vale (H) 22/04/2019

Colchester United (A) 27/04/2019

Mansfield Town (H) 04/05/2019

The Dons have possibly one of the hardest runs of games to play out of the promotion-chasing teams facing 4 out of the top 7 and facing 3 teams who will be fighting for the survival in the Football League. After the Stevenage game this weekend every team MK play will be fighting for something arguably increasing the stakes in each of these games.

5.Tranmere Rovers

Newly promoted Tranmere Rovers are this year’s League Two surprise package with the Super White Army pushing for back to back promotions for the first time in there History. Under the guidance of experienced manager Micky Mellon, the Birkenhead based side have eased back into Football League life after a three year absence and are looking to make a return to League One football for the first time since 2014.

Tranmere Rovers recent form – WWWWW

Tranmere currently sits top of the charts for form with the Rovers picking up 19 points from there last 8 games. Tranmere also have a watertight defence with the Rovers only conceding 2 goals in there last 6 games.

Tranmere Rovers last 9 games

Oldham Athletic (A) 16/03/2019

Colchester United (A) 23/03/2019

Carlisle United (H) 30/03/2019

Newport County (A) 06/04/2019

MK Dons (H) 13/04/2019

Forest Green Rovers (H) 19/04/2019

Lincoln City (A) 22/04/2019

Bury (H) 27/04/2019

Crawley Town (A) 04/05/2019

Talk about tough luck. Tranmere have to face 6 out of the top 7 teams in the division at the time of writing and face 4 out them in a row however with three of these being at home it could be a blessing in disguise to take points off the teams around them rather than rely on other results.

6.Forest Green Rovers

6th placed Forest Green Rovers are battling for a playoff spot and promotion to League One for the first time in their history. The Greenest team in the World currently are having their best season ever in the Football League and will hope it can continue.

Forest Green Rovers recent form – WLLLW

The Green Devils are currently in a sticky patch of form with Forest Green currently sat 22nd in the form table with the Gloucestershire based side picking up 7 points in there last 8 games. Forest Green have had indifferent results over the past few weeks with the Green Devils losing (3-0) to lowly placed Morecambe before beating playoff-chasing Colchester (3-0).

Forest Green Rovers last 9 games

Carlisle United (H) 16/03/2019

Port Vale (A) 23/03/2019

MK Dons (H) 30/03/2019

Crawley Town (A) 06/04/2019

Macclesfield (H) 13/04/2019

Tranmere Rovers (A) 19/04/2019

Cambridge United (H) 22/04/2019

Crewe Alexandra (A) 27/04/2019

Exeter City (H) 04/05/2019

Forest Green have a mixed run of games concluding the season with 4 games against teams in the top 10 with the other 5 games against teams in the mid to lower echelons of the table. If Forest Green can find there earlier season form that propelled them to their current position then the Green Devils could be playing League One football next season.

7.Colchester United

Occupying the final playoff spot at the time of writing are Colchester United. The U’s will be hoping that the third time’s the charm with the Essex based side narrowly missing out of the playoffs in the past two seasons.

Colchester United’s recent form – DDLWL

Colchester just like Forest Green Rovers have suffered in a did in form as the Essex based side have only managed 3 wins in there last 8 games. In Colchester’s last three games the U’s have scored 3 and conceded 6 goals with too heavy (3-0) defeats to playoff rivals Forest Green and mid tabled Swindon. Colchester’s home form has also seen a dip with the U’s only picking up 9 points in there last 8 home games at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Colchester United’s last 9 games

Exeter City (A) 16/03/2019

Tranmere Rovers (H) 23/03/2019

Cambridge United (A) 30/03/2019

Oldham Athletic (H) 06/04/2019

Bury (A) 12/04/2019

Grimsby Town (H) 19/04/2019

Yeovil Town (A) 22/04/2019

MK Dons (H) 27/04/2019

Lincoln City (A) 04/05/2019

Colchester have a mixed run in however face top 10 teams in spells of two bar the away match Vs Bury of the 12th of April. With a tough final three games, it could be another year that the U’s miss out of the playoffs.

8. Carlisle United

The first team on this list sat out of the Playoffs Carlisle are hoping they can sneak a playoff place and make it back to League One for the first time since 2014. Carlisle will also be looking to make it one step further than 2016/17 season where the Cumbria based side lost in the Playoff semi-final.

Carlisle United recent form – LDLWL

Carlisle have suffered a recent dip in form that has seen the side slip out of the playoffs with the Cumbrians only picking up 8 points in there last game ranking them 21st in the League 2 form table. However, Carlisle Home form over the past 8 games has been stupendous with the Cumbrians picking up 16 points in there last 8 home games.

Carlisle United last 9 games

Forest Green Rovers (A) 16/03/2019

Cambridge United (H) 23/03/2019

Tranmere Rovers (A) 30/03/2019

Bury (H) 06/04/2019

Stevenage (A) 13/04/2019

Lincoln City (H) 19/04/2019

Grimsby Town (A) 22/04/2019

Crawley Town (H) 27/04/2019

Yeovil Town (A) 04/05/2019

Carlisle have to play 4 out of the top 7 clubs including first and second placed Lincoln and Bury however with both at home the Cumbrians will be hoping to gain positive results from both. Carlisle also appear to have an easy three final games to finish the season. However, a long away trip to Yeovil could be a tough trip especially depending on Yeovil’s predicament.

9. Exeter City

The team currently occupying 9th is Exeter City. Exeter still have a great chance of making the playoffs with the Grecians currently sitting 2 points of the playoffs and unlike the 8 teams above them, Exeter have 10 games left to play rather than 9. Exeter will be hoping to go one better than last year as the Grecians lost in the Playoff final to Coventry City.

Exeter City recent form – LWDLL

Exeter city have had a recent dip in form with the Grecians failing to pick up a win in there last three games. Furthermore, Exeter have only picked up 5 points out of there last 6 league games. The Grecians have also failed to keep a clean sheet in there last 6 games.

Exeter City’s last 10 games

Colchester (H) 16/03/2019

Notts County (A) 23/03/2019

Mansfield Town (H) 30/03/2019

Cheltenham Town (A) 06/04/2019

Port Vale (H) 13/04/2019

Crawley Town (H) 19/04/2019

Stevenage (A) 22/04/2019

Oldham Athletic (H) 27/04/2019

Forest Green Rovers (A) 04/05/2019

*Macclesfield (A) The game has yet to be rearranged.

Arguably Exeter City have one of the easiest final run-ins on paper out of the Playoff chasing teams with the Grecians only facing 3 top 7 teams and have a 5 game run in of playing mid-table sides so could easily pick up points and close the two-point gap.

Who Do you think will get promoted from League 2?

Written By Tom Langford

Twitter @tom_langford27

Scholes: “We’re not writing this season off”

Oldham manager, Paul Scholes has insisted that they are still in this league to compete for the rest of the season and can climb the table.

Speaking at today’s press conference, Scholes was reluctant to talk about plans for next season but admits ‘there is one eye on it’.

“We’re not writing this season off. It’s still important we get some wins on the board and get up that league.

“There is one eye on next season but we need to focus on getting the players playing well and then looking to next season.

“We’re not focusing totally on next season because we’ve got 12 games, there’s still a lot of points to play for.

“We don’t want anybody slacking off and just thinking about next season.”

Talking of implementing his methods and style on the Oldham players, Paul joked:

“It is probably going to take two or three weeks, maybe two or three months! I’m excited by what I’ve seen this week and if we can transfer that to Saturday afternoon I think we will be okay.”

With just one win the four games of his tenure, Scholes calmly brushed aside the last two defeats:

“It’s always important to win games. They’re (last two games) disappointments, we probably didn’t deserve to lose the Morecambe game but we did.

“First half at Bury I thought we played quite well, played some good stuff and just tired a bit in the second half with the amount of games we’ve had.

“Bury are a good team. They’re the second best team in the league as the table says at the minute but watching them play they look the best team in the league to me.”

Oldham are back at home on Saturday as they welcome Stevenage to Boundary Park who, like the Latics, are still fighting to put pressure on the playoffs.

Looking ahead to the match, Scholes talked of the importance of not ‘over-analysing’ opposition teams:

“Of course you do your homework on teams, you try not over-analyse and concentrate on them too much, it is about us.

“They’re a good team, they’ve had some really good results of late. Very direct team and it is something we will have to handle.

“But like I said, I try and concentrate on us more than we do them. We’ve got players that are capable of winning games and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Finishing off the interview, Scholes speaks of identifying with the fans on their lack of patience to achieve success:

“Fans don’t have patience, do they? I know I don’t have the patience, to be honest with you, I want it now, as quick as the results come, the better.

“We just want to win as many games as we can and I know we’ve only won one out of four but I think this team is capable of winning a lot of games in this league.

“It’s okay me saying that and the players doing that but we have to go out there and do it.”

Speaking after was Saturday’s goalscorer Callum Lang who commented on his desire to play at the top level, but ultimately focusing on his personal development:

“Obviously, every young player wants to play at the highest level.

“I’ve played on the wing a lot this season and he’s (Scholes) given me the opportunity to play more up front.

“Every game I’m trying to improve I want to try and improve aspects of me game and I think the way we’re trying to play is definitely helping me a lot more.

“When I first went to Morecambe last year, I didn’t really get the opportunity to play up front, where I wanted to play, because I wasn’t strong enough but over the two years (in League Two) that has definitely improved.”

Bury VS Oldham| Who needs the win more?

Tomorrow sees a huge clash not just in the League Two promotion race but for the bragging rights in Lancashire. The game between Bury and Oldham is a fiercely contested fixture which brings huge crowds and big tackles. Both sides have adapted qute well to life in League Two with Bury sitting pretty in second place just two points behind Lincoln and Oldham in 11thjust six points off the play offs but they now have Manchester United legend Paul Scholes at the wheel.

The home side have not lost in 2019 with The Shakers winning eight out of a possible ten since the turn of the year. An impressive feat for manager Ryan Lowe as he must be feeling that promotion is a very real possibility. However, with this being their third game in just eight days he may have to rotate his squad. To make rotation harder Bury could be without Scott Wharton after he picked up a groin strain against Exeter, this on top of being without Stephen Dawson (foot) and forward Jermaine Beckford (knee). 

Paul Scholes has tasted every result possible on paper from his first three games in charge of The Latics as he has a win, a draw and a loss. This will be the new managers first taste of a derby from the dugout and from both his supporting and playing days he will know exactly what this means for the fans. 

Bury and Oldham have played forty-eight times, with both sides being deadlocked at fifteen wins each. Meaning the remaining eighteen games have ended all square.

In the last three meetings between Bury and Oldham, there has been thirteen goals scored.

A loss wouldn’t be a disaster for Bury who can’t fall out of the automatic promotion places with a defeat but The Shakers will surely want to keep momentum going heading into the crunch end of the season. A draw would definitely be something that Ryan Lowe may secretly settle for considering anything can happen in such a big derby.

Paul Scholes will know that a defeat could leave Oldham nine points off the play-offs with only twelve games to play so you can bet he will demand a big performance from his players. Callum Lang and Tom Hamer are both doubtful for Oldham coming into the game with Lang in particular a huge miss. This blow could be offset with Oldham set to take nearly 3000 fans to Gigg Lane it could be an atmosphere to remember and if the game is half as good as the crowd we are in for a cracker. 

Its certain to be a great game at Gigg Lane with Oldham possibly needing the three points more than their hosts Bury. Who do you think will win this huge derby?

Latics must look to sign this striker to help avoid relegation

Oldham Atheltic are on a dreadful run of form as they are without a league victory in 8 games. The ‘Latics’ looked revived under manager Richie Wellens when he was put in charge of the first team following the sacking of John Sheridan, but a recent dip in form has seen the club fall into the League One relegation zone.

The club did have Eoin Doyle to turn to for goals but after his loan spell ended and that coupled with the fact that he has an illness which is keeping on the sidelines, the club won’t be able to look to bring him back in this transfer window.

With that in mind, the club should look to sign Stevenage striker Danny Newton.

Danny Newton – A product of Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy, the striker joined Stevenage after plying his trade with non-league Tamworth beforehand, where he scored 36 goals and since his arrival at Broadhall Way he has managed to find the back of the net on 11 times in all competitions.

Just before Christmas the Daily Mail were reporting that Championship clubs QPR and Barnsley were tracking the striker as well as fellow League One strugglers MK Dons. Oldham needs to get another striker in to support Craig Davies and Aaron Amadi-Holloway and in Newton, they could have somebody he certainly knows where the back of the net is.

Oldham fans would you like to see Danny Newton at Boundary Park? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

Upon This Rock: Oldham Away Days

Heading into this match you’d think Peterborough would have an advantage with them being in 2nd and Oldham rock bottom of League 1. Oldham played very well to stunt the Posh’s recent form with two goals from Eion Doyle and one from Dan Gardner to give the home side a 3-2 over them.

This match shows that a form guide won’t help you in the lower leagues, on paper Oldham should have been outclassed, with Peterborough off the back of a big win at home to Wigan and sit in second three points behind Shrewsbury. This was also Oldham’s first game without John Sheridan who left the club the day before after poor results.

The first half of the game wasn’t great from either side, Peterborough passed the ball around well and Oldham created a few good chances but the first half wasn’t exactly great. The only talking point is Junior Morias going off injured with a thigh problem 37 minutes in after being clipped during a challenge.

The second half burst into life straight away and the home side took the lead after Jack Byrne’s shot was sent directly into the path of a waiting Eion Doyle who scored from the second chance effort. Poor possession from Peterborough allowed this goal and it was only the start of a shaky defensive display.

The away side got back into it after Marcus Maddison scored from the spot after he was brought down by Brian Wilson who got sent off for the foul, Oldham, who looked strong defensively had a slip up at the back which allowed Maddison in past the defence before being brought down. The Posh looked like they could take the lead for most of the second half after Wilson was sent off, some great attacking possessions from the Posh during the entire second half.

The match reached the final 10 minutes and Oldham retook the lead after Eion Doyle fed a pass to Dan Gardner who seemed to have all the time in the world to shot and scored past the Posh. From my view you could see the goal unfurling in front from the moment Peterborough lost the ball, no one picked up men and the defence looked all over the place.

It got worse for Posh fans when Doyle got his brace to make it 3-1, Abdelhakim Omrani waltzed past two Posh players while he was keeping the ball in the corner and his low cross into the box was met by Doyle who added misery to the away fans, Peterborough needed to be stronger here the defence let them in too easily and got punished for it.

With the game winding down we got eight, yes eight minutes, of added time after the sending off and Oldham players using full use of the clock, with this Posh fans would have thought there was a chance, especially when Jack Marriott scored from 8 yards out with just two minutes gone of added time. Even with the pressure, Posh put on at the end Oldham held on for the win.

A disappointing game for Peterborough but a confidence boost for Oldham under Richie Wellens, sometimes a new manager can rejuvenate a squad and that is exactly what has happened here, Oldham head to Portsmouth this weekend and will look for a similar result down on the south coast, for Peterborough though they will look to bounce back at home to Oxford.