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
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 Athletic – Bradford 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 Walsall – Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Walsall
Exeter City 1-1 Swindon Town – Exeter 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.
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