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January 3rd Round-Up

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

Brentford enhance promotion credentials

In a tight game at St James Park, two promotion hopefuls went head-to-head. It was the Bees of Brentford who came out on top, condemning surprise package Exeter to a home defeat.

It came courtesy of a controversial penalty – after a tackle from Exeter’s Rob Edwards, when it appeared that he had won the ball. It was dispatched with ease by Charlie MacDonald 14 minutes from time, and Sam Wood added another four minutes later.

It moves Brentford up to 2nd, after an impressive Christmas period, while Exeter remain in the play-off places.

Elsewhere, leaders Wycombe were held at Gillingham, thanks to a late equaliser from Curtis Weston. And Shrewsbury ended a poor-run of three successive defeats with a battling victory over high-flying Bury. Grant Holt – linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window, nodded in expertly after Bury defender Efe Sodje had been sent off for an elbow earlier in the game.

And Dag & Red secured a massive win away to play-off chasing Aldershot. The win was slightly fortuitous – a late winner from Jon Nurse after Aldershot had missed chances themselves to win the game.

Sunday Dec 28 Results:

Accrington Stanley 3-1 Grimsby
Aldershot 1-2 Dag & Red
Bournemouth 0-2 Barnet
Bradford 4-0 Morecambe
Darlington 0-0 Chesterfield
Exeter 0-2 Brentford
Gillingham 1-1 Wycombe
Luton 3-2 Lincoln City
Macclesfield 3-1 Chester
Notts County 0-3 Rotherham
Port Vale 2-1 Rochdale
Shrewsbury 1-0 Bury

Wycombe extend lead at the top

Harrold grabbed the winner for Wycombe

Harrold grabbed the winner for Wycombe

Saturday saw league leaders Wycombe travel to home-specialists Shrewsbury who lay in third position. A win was vital for Town, who needed to close the six-point gap between the two sides.

Wycombe started the game well, with right-back Lewis Hunt raiding forward and crashing a shot against the bar. And the Shrews looked nervous, with goalkeeper Luke Daniels putting on a particularly bad display. Daniels had several poor kicks, leading to Wycombe attacks – one arriving at the feet of Matt Harrold who shot from 40 yards only to see Kelvin Langmead clear off the line.

However the goal didn’t come, and Shrewsbury ended the half the stronger, with Graeme Coughlan glancing a header wide from six yards.

Wanderers came out in the second half with Peter Taylor’s words still ringing in their ears. They grabbed the lead soon after, Gary Holt swinging in the corner straight to Luke Daniels, who was engulfed by three Wycombe players, Matt Harrold getting his head on the ball. It furthered the goalkeepers poor game – it really did look like a simple ball to claim.

Shrewsbury then set about a comeback. However Wycombe looked solid, and could have put the game beyond doubt when Harrold went clear only to fire wide. But a draw could have been salvaged late on, as a barrage of pressure rained down on the Wycombe defence. Coughlan and Dave Hibbert both had chances from six-yards, Coughlan mis-controlling to Hibbert, who then missed his kick. And Grant Holt headed over from close-range late-on.

All-in-all, Shrewsbury have themselves to blame, a particularly poor display in a game they really needed to win. Wycombe showed the sign of champions here – mark my words.

Saturday Dec 20 Results:

Accrington Stanley 1-3 Rotherham
Aldershot 2-2 Grimsby
Bournemouth 2-0 Bury
Bradford 0-0 Chester
Darlington 2-2 Barnet
Exeter 4-1 Rochdale
Gillingham 1-1 Brentford
Luton 1-1 Morecambe
Macclesfield 0-4 Dag & Red
Notts County 0-1 Lincoln City
Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield
Shrewsbury 0-1 Wycombe

JPT Semi’s

JPTLuton Town beat League 1 Colchester United at Kenilworth Road to book a place in the southern area final. Claude Gnakpa grabbed the goal, which was fortunately deflected off him past the Colchester keeper.

And they will face Brighton, who ground out a penalties victory against Shrewsbury Town. The Seagulls, who have been on a poor run of form in League 1, went to the Prostar stadium with a game plan to keep the Shrews under wraps. It certainly worked, as the game turned into a dour affair, with few chances of note. Brighton keeper John Sullivan was the hero, as he saved Grant Holt’s penalty to put his side through.

In the northern area, Rotherham beat Darlington on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Steve Foster put the Quakers ahead, but they were pegged back by Danny Harrison. Rotherham keeper Steven Cann saved two penalties to send the Millers through.

They will play League 1 high-flyers Scunthorpe United in the final.

Wycombe finally lose

Aldershot Town

Aldershot Town stunned Peter Taylor’s Wycombe by finally ending their unbeaten start to the season. Kirk Hudson put the Hampshire side 2-0 up, with two strikes in the first half. Angelo Balanta pulled one back with a powerful header before Daniel Hylton restored Aldershots two-goal advantage. Matty Phillips ensured a nail-biting finish with a thunderous effort, but the Shots fully deserved their three points.

Peter Taylor told the clubs website: “Nobody would have dreamt we would go 18 games unbeaten.

“I don’t think anyone is going to go 18 games unbeaten again, we’re certainly not, but we need to make sure we go on some good runs between now and the end of the season.”

Elsewhere on a day of headlines, Darren Anderton scored Bournemouth’s winner against Chester. It was a fairytale finish to the 36-year old’s career, and gave the south-coast side a 1-0 win.

Shrewsbury moved up to 2nd with a hard-fought win against 9-man Rotherham. The Millers went into the game on the back of a dreadful run, but played well until Drewe Broughton was sent-off for a second bookable offence. Then keeper David Stockdale was given a straight red for bringing down Kevin McIntyre, and Grant Holt slotted the penalty in.

The games at Darlington and Accrington were both called off due to the weather.

Saturday Dec 6 Results:

Aldershot 3-2 Wycombe
Bournemouth 1-0 Chester
Bradford 1-1 Dag & Red
Exeter 2-1 Lincoln City
Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield
Luton 3-1 Barnet
Macclesfield 1-1 Bury
Notts County 1-Morecambe
Port Vale 2-1 Grimsby
Shrewsbury 1-0 Rotherham

Tuesday Nov 25 Round-Up

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.

Lowe scored a magnificent volley on Tuesday night

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

Top 10 Strikers in League 2?

League 2 possesses a lot of good strikers, and here is my top 10.

Jamie Ward1) Jamie Ward – Joint top scorer in League 2 this season with 11 goals, and attracting a lot of interest from the higher divisions.



Andy Bishop

2) Andy Bishop – Consistently a great striker in this division for Bury. Always seems to score against your team!



Peter Thorne3) Peter Thorne – Tops the charts with Jamie Ward – deadly in the air.



Grant Holt4) Grant Holt – Signed for £170,000 from Nottingham Forest, the Shrewsbury striker has netted more goals in all competitions than anyone else.


Simeon Jackson5) Simeon Jackson – The Gills shelled out £150,000 for Jackson, whose pace has seen him net 7 goals this season.

jack_lester6) Jack Lester – Experienced 33-year old who finished 3rd in Europe’s ‘goals to games’ ratio last season, behind Fernando Torres and Cristiano Ronaldo.


Ben Strevens7) Ben Strevens – Has been a revelation since he joined Dagenham from Barnet.


Billy Clarke8.) Billy Clarke – Skillful youngster who was on-loan from Ipswich before having to return early because of injury. Has grabbed 9 goals for Darlington this year.


Luke Rodgers9) Luke Rodgers – I find it astounding that Rodgers has not been a regular at Vale Park this season. Quick and a good finisher, no wonder a move to Yeovil is on the cards.


Charlie MacDonald10) Charlie MacDonald – Scored just one goal for Southend last season, but has proven he is a top goalscorer with 7 already this year.



If you don’t agree, or feel someone deserves a mention, add your own top 10 in the comments section.