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Preview: League Two
19th September 2015

Leyton Orient sit a point clear at the top of League Two after their 1-1 draw with Cambridge last weekend went some way to recovering from their first defeat of the season. Ian Hendon’s Orient won their first five games before their heavy defeat to Exeter a fortnight ago disrupted their momentum – not too dissimilar to their opponents this weekend, Wycombe Wanderers. Gareth Ainsworth’s side won their first three before a slight dip in form, culminating in a 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth last weekend.

Newport travel to Dagenham & Redbridge in a battle at the bottom of the table – however the result could have more significance for the Welsh side. Five defeats in a row have seen Terry Butcher’s outfit slip to the bottom of the table – the most recent of which was a 2-1 home loss to Morcambe, where a last minute penalty inflicted more misery on County. The Daggers have only picked up five points this term, courtesy of two draws and a win – but slipped back to losing ways last weekend, succumbing 2-1 to Carlisle.

Portsmouth will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run – the only remaining in League Two – when they take on Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium this Saturday. The south coast side are only a point from the summit after their 3-1 victory against Barnet at Fratton Park last weekend, and boss Paul Cook will be hoping that they can continue their good form away from home this time out. Oxford’s unbeaten run came to an end last weekend, losing 1-0 away at Northampton.

Paul Cook

Hartlepool have had a nightmare few weeks considering their fantastic start to the season. They have lost their last four games – having won their first three – including most recently a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Exeter last weekend. Their opponents, Cambridge, haven’t won in the last month either though, so the game may be one of the most even in the division this weekend. The U’s drew 1-1 with league leaders Leyton Orient last time out, which will inevitably give them a slight edge in terms of confidence going into this game.

Elsewhere in the division, Barnet have got to come out on top in their tasty local affair with Stevenage if they are to distance themselves with the teams at the bottom. They are winless since August 18, and lost 3-1 away to Portsmouth in their last game, meaning they will have to dig deep if they are to beat a side who haven’t lost since the same date. Stevenage drew 2-2 with York last weekend, but will hope to continue their climb up the league with a string of wins.

League Two matches:

Accrington vs Exeter
Wimbledon vs Notts County
Barnet vs Stevenage
Crawley vs Yeovil
Dag & Red vs Newport
Hartlepool vs Cambridge
Leyton Orient vs Wycombe
Luton vs Mansfield
Morecambe vs Northampton
Oxford Utd vs Portsmouth
Plymouth vs Bristol Rovers
York vs Carlisle

Author: james

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