Welcome back to Last Word On Football’s League Two review. Matchweek 2 saw just three teams continue 100% starts to the season, while there are a further three sides yet to get off the mark.
EFL League Two Review
Iron Sink to the Bottom
Scunthorpe United were expected to be one of the front-runners in League Two this season, and they might still be as the campaign progresses. However, if this start is anything to go by, they will have their work cut out.
Lee Novak gave them the lead just after the re-start against Cheltenham Town, but the hosts recovered from last week’s loss to Leyton Orient to hit four goals and condemn Scunthorpe to the bottom with a -5 goal difference.
Ryan Broom and Charlie Raglan turned the game around to put Cheltenham ahead before Alex Addai and Connor Thomas added some gloss to the scoreline.
Macclesfield off the Mark
Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town got off the mark by thrashing Leyton Orient 3-0 at Moss Rose.
The O’s had made a winning start to life back in League Two last season but came back to earth with a thud in Cheshire.
Theo Archibald opened the scoring in the first half with a peach of an effort that curled over Dean Brill, and that was added to later in the second half by Paddy Osadebe and Theo Vassell to leave Macclesfield in the dizzying heights of eighth place, having spent so much of last season at the bottom.
How Did We Do?
Each week we take a crack at predicting the results of each match. How did we get on this opening weekend? Actual results are shown in bold whereas our predictions are in italics.
Grimsby Town 1-1 Bradford City – Grimsby Town 0-2 Bradford City
Cambridge United 0-0 Newport County – Cambridge United 0-1 Newport County
Cheltenham Town 4-1 Scunthorpe United – Cheltenham Town 0-2 Scunthorpe United
Crawley Town 2-0 Salford City – Crawley Town 1-1 Salford City
Macclesfield Town 3-0 Leyton Orient – Macclesfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient
Mansfield Town 2-2 Morecambe – Mansfield Town 3-1 Morecambe
Oldham Athletic 1-2 Crewe Alexandra – Oldham Athletic 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Colchester United – Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Colchester United
Port Vale 1-1 Northampton Town – Port Vale 0-2 Northampton Town
Stevenage 0-1 Exeter City – Stevenage 0-2 Exeter City
Swindon Town 3-2 Carlisle United – Swindon Town 2-1 Carlisle United
Walsall 1-1 Forest Green Rovers – Walsall 2-1 Forest Green Rovers
Maybe a tad better than last week?
Games to take place on Saturday, August 17. 3:00 kick-offs unless otherwise stated.
Bradford City v Oldham Athletic
Carlisle United v Mansfield Town
Colchester United v Cambridge United
Crewe Alexandra v Walsall
Exeter City v Swindon Town
Forest Green Rovers v Grimsby Town
Leyton Orient v Stevenage
Morecambe v Cheltenham Town
Newport County v Plymouth Argyle
Northampton Town v Macclesfield Town
Salford City v Port Vale
Scunthorpe United v Crawley Town