League Two Review: Matchweek 3

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CARLISLE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: A general view of Brunton Park prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Carlisle United and Northampton Town at Brunton Park on December 20, 2014 in Carlisle, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

There are no 100% records left in League Two after just three weeks. The draw between Swindon Town and Exeter City keeps the pair at the top of the table on seven points, while Forest Green Rovers are just behind. It’s certainly a signal of how tight we can expect League Two to be this season.

League Two Review: Matchweek 3

Swindon Stalemate

Debutant Eoin Doyle rescued a late point for Swindon Town away at Exeter City to put his side at the top of League Two on goal difference ahead of Exeter.

The Irishman was making his first appearance for the Robins after arriving on a season-long loan from Bradford City and proved to be an instant hero with his late finish.

Exeter had taken a fairly late lead themselves when Matt Jay turned in Lee Martin’s cross on 72 minutes. Jay then almost made it two but saw his effort blocked on the line by teammate Dean Moxey.

Luck then wasn’t on their side again and Zeki Fryers provided the cross for Doyle to convert two minutes from time and preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

Bradford Off the Mark in Fine Fashion

Swindon goalscorer Doyle’s parent club, Bradford City, cruised to a comfortable victory without his services, getting their first win of the season with the 3-0 defeat of Oldham Athletic.

Former Premier League striker James Vaughan opened the scoring after just four minutes when he converted Connor Wood’s cross from the left, and it was two before half-time when Clayton Donaldson, so often a menace at this level in the past, proved he still can be with a delightful lob over goalkeeper Gary Woods.

A much more even affair ensued in the second half but the Bantams were still able to find a third goal to kill the game off. Donaldson did well to hold the ball up and he laid off for Sean Scannell to fire in and round off an excellent day for Bradford.

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.

Bradford City 3-0 Oldham AthleticBradford City 2-1 Oldham Athletic

Carlisle United 0-2 Mansfield Town Carlisle United 2-2 Mansfield Town

Colchester United 1-2 Cambridge United Colchester United 2-0 Cambridge United

Crewe Alexandra 1-0 WalsallCrewe Alexandra 1-2 Walsall

Exeter City 1-1 Swindon TownExeter City 1-1 Swindon Town

Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Grimsby Town Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Grimsby Town

Leyton Orient 0-0 Stevenage Leyton Orient 2-1 Stevenage

Morecambe 0-0 Cheltenham Town Morecambe 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Newport County 1-0 Plymouth Argyle Newport County 1-2 Plymouth Argyle

Northampton Town 1-2 Macclesfield Town Northampton Town 2-0 Macclesfield Town

Salford City 1-1 Port Vale  Salford City 1-1 Port Vale

Scunthorpe United 2-2 Crawley Town Scunthorpe United 1-0 Crawley Town

A couple of correct scores for us this week, but League Two also threw plenty of surprises our way.

Up Next

It’s the first round of Tuesday league fixtures this week. All matches to take place on Tuesday, August 20. 7.45pm kick-offs unless otherwise stated.

Cambridge United v Scunthorpe United

Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United

Crawley Town v Crewe Alexandra

Grimsby Town v Colchester United

Macclesfield Town v Morecambe

Mansfield Town v Leyton Orient

Oldham Athletic v Exeter City

Plymouth Argyle v Salford City

Port Vale v Forest Green Rovers

Stevenage v Bradford City

Swindon Town v Northampton Town

Walsall v Newport County


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