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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

Sat Nov 22 Round-Up

Darlington went into this weekend top of League 2, but faced a fight from fellow promotion candidates Brentford. The Quakers looked like bouncing back from a mid-week loss to Droylsden when Richie Foran headed in unmarked. However a late Karleigh Osbourne equaliser denied them, and gave Wycombe the chance to go top.

And they did, in an entertaining game at home to Port Vale. Chris Zebroski and Matt Harrold both netted twice, although the Chairboys were made to work for it. A Marc Richards penalty, and a Scott Brown shot, twice brought the Stoke side within a goal.

Zebroski has hit some form for Wycombe

Zebroski has hit some form for Wycombe

Elsewhere at the top, Rochdale moved into third with a comfortable victory. Lee Thorpe and Adam le Fondre eased them home against rock-bottom Luton. Bury and Dag & Red both kept up their challenges with convincing wins. Bury ripped the form books apart with a 4-0 victory over Gillingham, while Dagenham smashed inconsistent Notts County 6-1, which included a Paul Benson hat-trick.

And Shrewsbury held on at Lincoln despite having Richard Walker sent off in the third minute.

Sat Nov 22 Results:

Barnet 1-3 Macclesfield
Brentford 1-1 Darlington
Bury 4-0 Gillingham
Chester 0-1 Aldershot
Chesterfield 1-1 Accrington
Dag & Red 6-1 Notts County
Lincoln City 1-1 Shrewsbury
Morecambe 1-1 Exeter
Rochdale 2-0 Luton
Rotherham 0-2 Bradford
Wycombe 4-2 Port Vale

Fri Nov 21 Result:

Grimsby 3-3 Bournemouth

Chesterfield 2-2 Shrewsbury

Spireites come back from two goals down to match a potent Shrews, writes Demetri Loizou.

Holt netted both Shrewsbury goals

Holt netted both Shrewsbury goals

Shewsbury controlled the first-half at Saltergate, with Chris Humphrey’s pace causing Chesterfield problems down the right wing. And in the fourth minute of three added on, Grant Holt was fouled by Chesterfield skipper Robert Page in the box. Holt converted, and his goal was soon followed by the half-time whistle. It was devastating for the Spireites to go into the break a goal down, after defending so well for most of the half.

Nine minutes after the break, Grant Holt added to Shrewsbury’s lead. After ripping open the home side’s defence, the ball emerged to Holt who had no trouble in smashing the top corner of Trevor Carson’s goal.

Shrewsbury looked like finally ending their away-day hoodoo, until former Shrew, Darren Currie entered the fray. This was an unlikely stroke of brilliance from manager Lee Richardson, as Currie netted his second Chesterfield goal just eight minutes after coming on. It was a horrible mistake by Shrews keeper Glynn Garner, and it started a Chesterfield comeback. 

Four minutes later, centre-half Michael Jackson chopped Jack Lester en-route to goal and a penalty was given. The foul could have merited a red card, as Jackson was arguably the last man, but a yellow was deemed sufficient. 

Jamie Ward converted from the spot to put the Spireites on level terms and suddenly it looked like Shrewsbury could lose the game. They came under a barrage of pressure, as two more penalty shouts were turned down. However, they were resolute enough to come away with a point.

Colombian Heads to Adams Park

Angelo Balanta set to unlock League 2 defences – Peter Taylor
Balanta has scored goals for QPR's first team

Balanta has scored goals for QPR

Wycombe have signed 18-year old Colombian striker Angelo Balanta on a two-month loan deal. The skillful youngster has joined from QPR, and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s game against Bradford.

Peter Taylor told the Wycombe website:

“He is a little bit different and that’s why I wanted him.

“He is a very exciting player. We need someone that can unlock defences, and I think Angelo can do that.”

Elsewhere Shrewsbury have replaced the outgoing Michael Symes with Southampton teenager Jamie White. The 19-year old has joined on a month’s loan, and can play on the wing, or up front, and adds much needed pace to the Shrewsbury side.

And finally, (so many loan deals!) Luton have signed Kevin Gallen on (you guessed it) a month’s loan. The MK Don’s striker has had limited opportunities, and makes the short trip to Kenilworth Road. Luton fans can watch the video below, for a taste of the finishing they can expect over the next month.

Friday Night Lights

Chesterfield v Shrewsbury ko. 7.30 – Preview by Demetri Loizou

A recently revived Spireites side host Shrewsbury Town in their first of three Friday night home league games this year. Chesterfield are currently on a five-match unbeaten run and will need to be on the top of their game to extend that to six. Whilst morale is high, they still sit in an average 12th position and manager Lee Richardson and everybody at the club will be desperate to push on into the play-offs.

Chesterfield’s recent results Competition
Chesterfield 5-1 Aldershot Town L2
Chesterfield 3-1 Notts County L2
Exeter City 1-6 Chesterfield L2
Bournemouth 1-1 Chesterfield L2
Chesterfield 3-1 Mansfield Town FAC1


Shrewsbury Town take up the second play-off position in the league and a win here would see them go top, even if just for a few hours. After suffering an embarrassing defeat to Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup, manager Paul Simpson will be determined to get his team back on track.

Shrewsbury Town’s recent results Competition
Brentford 1-1 Shrewsbury Town L2
Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Barnet L2
Shrewsbury Town 3-0 Luton Town L2
Shrewsbury Town 5-0 Dag & Red JPT
Blyth Spartans 3-1 Shrewsbury Town FAC1


Chesterfield top the League Two form table on a five-match unbeaten run and include Jamie Ward, the October Player of the month.

Team Form Points from 15
1. CFC – WWWDW 13
11. STFC – DDWWL 8


Top Scorers Amount
G Holt – STFC 14
J Ward – CFC 11
B Davies – STFC 9
J Lester – CFC 7


Expected Chesterfield line-up, 4-4-2:

Carson, Gray, Austin, Page, Downes, Lowry, Goodall, Kerry, Winter, Lester, Ward.

Expected Shrewsbury Town line-up, 4-4-2:

Garner, Herd, Coughlan, Jackson, Tierney, Murray, McIntyre, Cansdell-Sheriff, Humphrey, Holt, Walker.

The Shrews’ top scorer in the league is Ben Davies, who is unfortunately missing after a hernia operation. A lot is at stake for both sides, and with the ridiculous kick-off time at 7:30, let’s hope there are no goals in the first fifteen minutes!

Last season’s results:
13/10/07 – STFC 2-3 CFC
5/4/08 – CFC 4-1 STFC

Forte to Notts, Agogo to Barnet

An update on the loan moves happening over the last few days.

Forte has joined County for a month

Forte has joined County for a month

Scunthorpe striker Jonathan Forte has joined Notts County on a month’s loan. The 22-year old will make his debut against Barnet on Saturday, with the hope of lifting the Magpie’s up the table.

Not Junior, but Abu Agogo has signed for Barnet on a month’s loan from Arsenal. The 19-year old defender will give Paul Fairclough options, after Joe Devera was sidelined for a month.

Elsewhere, Shrewsbury Town striker Michael Symes, 25, has joined Bournemouth for a month  on loan. Shrews boss Paul Simpson told the club’s website: “We have a big squad and I felt that the opportunity for Michael to go and get a month   out on loan at Bournemouth would do him the world of good.”

And Gylfi Sigurdsson has returned to Reading after the Royals turned down Shrewsbury’s request to keep him for a further month.