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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

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.

Exclusive Interview: Reuben Reid

League 2 Online caught up with Rotherham United’s Reuben Reid, ahead of their clash against Aldershot this weekend…

Reid in action against Wolves earlier in the season

Reid in action against Wolves earlier in the season

Q: How are you enjoying the season so far at Rotherham?

A: Yes I am, the season started off really well for us, especially with the cup games.

Q: How far do you think the current Rotherham side can go?

A: The current side/squad has a lot of potential. We have some young lads who are all really gifted, so we belive we can win games.

Q: Obviously it was hard with the -17 point deduction, how did the side mentally overcome that?

A: The points deduction was a massive blow even before the season started but we got back on zero pretty quick, so now the aim is to push on

Q: But your scoring a few goals, you must be happy with your form?

A: I’ve got seven for the season, but honestly feel I could and should have had a few more. But scoring whilst playing out in a wide position and not in my preferred central role is encouraging.

Q: The defeat to Shrewsbury was dissapointing, what did you make of the game, and did you deserve the two sendings off?

A: We went to Shrewsbury with a plan to stay compact and be solid, and for 45 mins it went really well. Obviously then with the first sending off it became a lot more difficult but you could say both the red cards were deserved.

Q: Looking ahead to Aldershot, a tough game against the side who finally beat Wycombe. Are you confident you can beat them?

A: If we play how we know we can play then we are more than capable of turning Aldershot over.  But they will have confidence after their win against Wycombe.

Reid during his short loan spell at Torquay two seasons ago

Reid during his short loan spell at Torquay two seasons ago

Q: How would you rate League 2 as a whole?A: League 2 has got a lot better. It is fast and furious, and very competitive at the moment.

Q: Who do you think will win the league, and get relegated?

A: I wouldn’t like to predict the outcomes for the season. Like is said, it’s a very competitive and there is still a long way to go.

Q: You’ve played in League 2 for Rochdale, Torquay, Wycombe and now Rotherham. Where have you most enjoyed playing?

A: I had a great time with Torquay and they had some great fans which I really appreciated. But now at Rotherham I’m really enjoying my football here and long may it continue!

Cheers Reuben, and good luck for the rest of the season from League 2 Online.

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

Nov 15 Round-Up

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

Plucky Rotherham lose out

Rotherham United represented League 2 last night in the Carling Cup 4th Round. They lost out at Premiership Stoke City 2-0 in front of a crowd of over 15,000.

After a memorable run which has seen them beat Championship sides Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves and Southampton; the Millers came unstuck at the Britannia Stadium.

After a solid start Stoke took the lead when Glenn Whelan curled a free kick over the wall. Nick Fenton and Reuben Reid had chances to level the game against a much-changed Potters side, but Danny Pugh finished the game with a powerful finish.

And Dave Kitson could have made it three, but his effort was ruled out 10 minutes from time.

Kitson had a fine game for Stoke

Kitson had a fine game for Stoke

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Round-up


League 2 was represented in the JPT on Tuesday night with four teams making it through to the area semi-finals. Most impressive were Rotherham, who managed a 2-0 win at home to League 1 favourites Leicester City.

Shrewsbury continued their goal scoring streak in the competition, with a 5-0 demolition of Dag & Red. Grant Holt took his tally to 7 in the competition with a brace.

Elsewhere Luton grabbed an impressive victory away to Walsall, and Darlington beat Bury 1-0 at the Darlington Arena.

November 3 Results:


Tranmere 1-0 Morecambe

Scunthorpe 1-0 Rochdale

Darlington 1-0 Bury

Rotherham United 2-0 Leicester City


Shrewsbury Town 5-0 Dag & Red

Bournemouth 0-1 Colchester United

Walsall 0-1 Luton Town