League Two Preview: Northampton travel to Leyton Orient, while Plymouth host Mansfield
12th February 2016

League leaders Northampton have moved five points clear at the top of League Two following six straight victories.

This weekend the Cobblers will look to further strengthen their promotion credentials when they travel to face Leyton Orient, who are in the final play-off place. With three wins in their last seven, Kevin Nolan’s side are only in the top-seven by a single point.

Second-placed Plymouth will give chase to the leaders when they host a Mansfield side who moved up to fourth with a draw against fellow high-flyers Oxford in midweek.

Argyle have lost two of their last four matches and Town are unbeaten in four and eight points behind their opponents, but have played 31 matches which is more than any other team in the top-seven.

At the other end of the table Yeovil travel to Hartlepool, knowing that a victory for either side could mean another year in league football.

Both sides are on 24 points, four above the drop in 21st and 22nd. Due to postponements, Hartlepool have played three games less than Yeovil, but they have an inferior goal difference compared to the Glovers.

10 January 2016 - The Emirates FA Cup - 3rd Round - Oxford United v Swansea City - Oxford United manager Michael Appleton celebrates the win at full time - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Michael Appleton will hope his Oxford side can get back to winning ways against Morecambe this weekend.

The other team in the automatic promotion places, Oxford, could only drawing with Mansfield during the week.

United are nine points adrift of top spot, and four behind Plymouth. This weekend, they travel to a Morecambe side who are winless in five.

Currently situated in one of the two relegation spots, Dagenham & Redbridge are in danger of playing non-league football next season. Without a win in four, the Daggers are in dire need of three points and soon. The visitors to Victoria Road on Saturday are Barnet, who have the worst away record in League Two having taken just six points from 14 matches.

Portsmouth captain Michael Doyle has urged for the right response after the Blues slipped out of the play-off places with defeat to Leyton Orient at Fratton Park last time out.

Now eighth on 45 points with just one win in six, Pompey need to get back on track against another side in the top-seven. – Bristol Rovers.

Rovers are two points and three places ahead of their hosts this weekend – they Pirates have collected an impressive 27 points on the road this term.

Elsewhere, Newport host Carlisle in an early kick-off, Accrington welcome Crawley to the Crown Ground, Luton travel to AFC Wimbledon, Stevenage play Cambridge, Wycombe host Exeter and Notts County make the trip to bottom-of-the-table York City.

League Two Fixtures (3pm unless stated)

Newport County vs Carlisle United (1pm)
Accrington Stanley vs Crawley Town
AFC Wimbledon vs Luton
Dagenham & Redbridge vs Barnet
Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Leyton Orient vs Northampton Town
Morecambe vs Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle vs Mansfield Town
Portsmouth vs Bristol Rovers
Stevenage vs Cambridge United
Wycombe Wanderers vs Exeter City
York City vs Notts County

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