With so few League 2 sides involved in the cup, there were plenty of fixtures to look forward to. However with the cold snap already here, many of those games were called off.
Of the games that did take place, Wycombe continued their march, beating Bury 2-1. Matt Harrold scored again, hitting home a low cross from Lewis Spence. Angelo Balanta doubled the lead, poking home after Harrolds shot was spilled by the keeper. The Shakers grabbed a consolation in the last minute, when Mike Williamson – subject of a bid from Colchester United, put through his own net.
Elsewhere, Shrewsbury combated their horrific away form by grinding out a 0-0 draw at promotion rivals Bradford. The Shrews were on the backfoot for most of the first-half, with Barry Conlon going close with a tremendous long-range volley that hit the inside of the post. The second-half was a much more even affair, with Grant Holt spurning the Shrews best opportunity.
Dag & Red’s hot form was interupted at the Don Valley stadium by a late equaliser from Rotherham United. The Daggers, who have been on fire recently, went 1-0 up through a Matt Richie header. But a late equaliser – five minutes into injury time, from captain Ian Sharp, salvaged a point for the Millers.
Sat Jan 3 Results:
Bradford 0-0 Shrewsbury
Darlington 2-1 Bournemouth
Rochdale 3-1 Accrington Stanley
Rotherham 1-1 Dag & Red
Wycombe 2-1 Bury
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Angelo Balanta, Barry Conlon, Bradford City, Bury, Colchester United, Dag & Red, Grant Holt, Ian Sharp, Lewis Spence, Matt Harrold, Matt Richie, Mike Williamson, Rotherham United, Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers
In a late flurry of action at Griffin Park, Brentford overcame Bradford. Marcus Bean put Brentford ahead in the 88th minute, before Michael Boulding equalised a minute later. But Nathan Elder snatched victory in stoppage time, which allows the Bees to leapfrog their opponents in the table.
Bury moved up to second with an impressive 3-0 victory over Port Vale. Ben Futcher made it 1-0, before two goals from Glynn Hurst set-up victory. They move above Shrewsbury, who surprisingly lost to Grimsby Town. The Mariners earned their first home victory since March thanks to an Adam Proudlock volley.
Elsewhere, Wycombe were held 0-0 at home to Luton, and Darlington fell to a 1-0 defeat at Christie Park against Morecambe.
On Friday night Chesterfield suffered another dissapointing loss, this time at home to Macclesfield. Martin Gritton struck twice for the visitors, whilst Jamie Ward battled alone for the Spireites, grabbing two goals himself. Lee Richardson must surely be close to the sack now. Lincoln also played on Friday night, comfortably beating Accrington 5-1 at Sincil Bank.
Saturday Dec 13 Results:
Barnet 2-2 Gillingham
Brentford 2-1 Bradford
Bury 3-0 Port Vale
Chester 2-0 Notts County
Grimsby 1-0 Shrewsbury
Morecambe 1-0 Darlington
Rochdale 1-1 Bournemouth
Wycombe 0-0 Luton
Friday Dec 12 Results:
Chesterfield 2-4 Macclesfield
Lincoln 5-1 Accrington
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Adam Proudlock, Ben Futcher, Bradford City, Brentford, Bury, Darlington, Glynn Hurst, Grimsby Town, Luton Town, Marcus Bean, Michael Boulding, Morecambe, Nathan Elder, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers
More misery for League 2 this weekend. In fact, the only League 2 club to make it through, were playing against a team from the same division!
Macclesfield beat Port Vale 3-1, with 2 goals from Francis Green handing them a home-tie against Premier League Everton in the Third Round draw.
Notts County face a replay, after being held by Kettering, as do Bournemouth, who were frustrated by Blyth Spartans. Bradford lost at home to League 1 Leyton Orient 2-1, and Dag & Red put up a good fight away to high-flying Leicester City, going down 3-2 in the end.
But the big story was our very own ‘invincibles’. Can’t lose in League 1, but put them on a sloped pitch against a team three divisions below them and they lose! Eastwood Town humbled the mighty Wycombe 2-0, and sent themselves through to the Third Round.
Forest Green beat Rochdale 2-0, to send another League 2 club on form out of the competition. And Brentford who comfortably sit in the top-half of League 2 were beaten by Conference strugglers Barrow.
F.A. Cup Second Round Results:
Friday Nov 28:
Barrow 2-1 Brentford
Port Vale 1-3 Macclesfield
Saturday Nov 29:
Bournemouth 0-0 Blyth Spartans
Bradford 1-2 Leyton Orient
Eastwood Town 2-0 Wycombe
Fleetwood Town 2-3 Hartlepool
Forest Green 2-0 Rochdale
Gillingham 0-0 Stockport
Grays Athletic 0-2 Carlisle
Kidderminster 2-0 Curzon Ashton
Leicester 3-2 Dag & Red
Millwall 3-0 Aldershot
Peterborough 0-0 Tranmere
Scunthorpe 4-0 Alfreton Town
Southend 3-1 Luton
Torquay 2-0 Oxford Utd
Sunday Nov 30:
Histon 1-0 Leeds
Notts County 1-1 Kettering
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Barrow, Blyth Spartans, Bournemouth, Bradford City, Brentford, Dag & Red, Eastwood Town, Everton, Forest Green, Francis Green, Kettering, Leicester City, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield Town, Notts County, Port Vale, Premier League, Rochdale, Wycombe Wanderers
With a lot last minute loans going through, we’ll take you through a quick run-down of the moves.
Michael Flynn – Huddersfield to Darlington (1 Month loan)
Neil MacKenzie – Notts County to Port Vale (1 Month loan)
Steve Jones – Burnley to Bradford (1 Month loan)
Nathaniel Wedderburn – Stoke City to Notts County (1 Month loan)
Mitchell Hanson – Derby to Notts County (1 Month loan)
Marc Tierney – Shrewsbury to Colchester (1 Month loan)
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Bradford City, Burnley, Colchester, Darlington, Derby, Huddersfield, Marc Tierney, Michael Flynn, Mitchell Hanson, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Neil MacKenzie, Notts County, Port Vale, Steve Jones, Stoke City
With a full set of mid-week fixtures, League 2 threw up some interesting results.
First off, what a result for Chester City. New manager Mark Wright took his side to high-flying Darlington, and came away with a 2-1 win. Rob Purdie put the home side ahead, before a stunning volley from Ryan Lowe (below) levelled things up. And Shaun Kelly headed in the winner to deny Dave Penney’s team.
In an entertaining match at Valley Parade, Bradford came from 2-0 down to win the game. Jack Lester gave Chesterfield an early lead, followed by a deflected Darren Currie effort to put the Spireites in control. Graeme Lee started the comeback with a free kick, before Michael Boulding squared the game with a header. And with 20 minutes to go, Alan Goodall was sent off for bringing Nicky Law
down in the box. Barry Conlon piled on the misery for Lee Richardson by dispatching the penalty, and making it 3-2.
In other news, Wycombe extended their unbeaten run at the top, with Matt Harrold and Lewis Spence netting the goals. And a late Grant Holt penalty gave Shrewsbury a much needed victory over Dag & Red.
Tues Nov 25 Results:
Aldershot 2-0 Lincoln
Bournemouth 0-0 Morecambe
Bradford 3-2 Chesterfield
Darlington 1-2 Chester
Exeter 1-1 Rotherham
Gillingham 1-1 Rochdale
Luton 0-1 Brentford
Macclesfield 1-0 Grimsby
Notts County 0-2 Wycombe
Port Vale 0-0 Barnet
Shrewsbury 2-1 Dag & Red
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Alan Goodall, Barry Conlon, Bradford City, Chester City, Chesterfield, Dag & Red, Darlington, Darren Currie, Dave Penney, Graeme Lee, Grant Holt, Jack Lester, Lee Richardson, Lewis Spence, Mark Wright, Matt Harrold, Michael Boulding, Nicky Law, Rob Purdie, Ryan Lowe, Shaun Kelly, Shrewsbury Town, Valley Parade, Wycombe Wanderers
Bradford City striker Barry Conlon is hoping to stay at the club until the end of the season. It was recently revealed that the tall striker had just six weeks left on a six month deal.
Conlon has scored six goals already this season, and is hoping that his form will be the decisive factor when Stuart McCall chooses whether to keep him on or not.
“Hopefully it’s positive news so I can set my mind at rest knowing I’m here until the end of the season. I’ll just keep my head down and plug away and hopefully get a few more goals before we sit down,” Conlon told the Telegraph & Argus.
Wycombe beat fellow promotion candidates Bradford, in a tight game at Adams Park. The Chairboys had the better of the chances, and after Chris Zebroski hit a post, new signing Angelo Balanta came on and created the winning goal for Lewis Hunt.
But Darlington remain top of the league after a battling 2-0 win at home to Lincoln City. It looked like Lincoln might walk away with a result after Stephen Foster was sent off early on. However, Darlington dug in, and Liam Hatch netted soon after the re-start. Late-on Richie Foran sealed the points for the Quakers.
Another sending off had more of an impact at Vale Park. Ross Davidson was sent off for Port Vale for a late challenge, which gave Brentford the impetus to go on and win comfortably 3-0. Karleigh Osborne scored on the stroke of half-time and Marcus Bean nodded in a corner just as Vale were fighting back. Charlie MacDonald smashed in a late third for Brentford, who climb to 5th in the table.
Elsewhere Gillingham smashed Rotherham 4-0 to move into the play-off positions, and Grimsby ended their long winless run with a 2-0 win at Bury, despite JP Kalala’s sending off. And Jonathan Forte showed why Notts County were so desperate to sign him, scoring a hat-trick before half-time to give Notts County an impressive 4-0 win away to Barnet.
Nov 15 Results:
Accrington 3-0 Bournemouth
Aldershot 1-0 Exeter
Barnet 0-4 Notts County
Bury 0-2 Grimsby
Chester 1-2 Morecambe
Darlington 2-0 Lincoln
Gillingham 4-0 Rotherham
Luton 2-1 Dag & Red
Port Vale 0-3 Brentford
Rochdale 1-1 Macclesfield
Wycombe 1-0 Bradford
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Angelo Balanta, Barnet, Bradford City, Brentford, Bury, Charlie MacDonald, Chris Zebroski, Darlington, Gillingham, Grimsby Town, Jean-Paul Kalala, Jonathan Forte, Karleigh Osborne, Lewis Hunt, Liam Hatch, Lincoln City, Marcus Bean, Notts County, Port Vale, Richie Foran, Ross Davidson, Rotherham United, Stephen Foster, Wycombe Wanderers