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Sky Bet League 2 fixture release day preview

15 June 2015

With Barnet returning to The Football League, and Leyton Orient coming down from Sky Bet League 1, there are a number of clubs within a short distance of each other in League 2 in 2015/16.

As well as their two encounters against each other, Barnet and Orient will also visit Dagenham & Redbridge and AFC Wimbledon in the forthcoming season.

Cambridge United, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Oxford United and Stevenage also have a number of relatively short trips in the upcoming campaign.

The aforementioned O's have a new manager at the helm going into the 2015/16 campaign, in Ian Hendon, while Crawley Town, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth and Stevenage also have new bosses in charge.

Teddy Sheringham's first managerial job saw him take the reins at Stevenage and their match against Portsmouth will see him return to one of his former clubs.

Paul Cook is now the man in charge at Fratton Park and he has League 2 promotion experience having guided Chesterfield into League 1 in 2013/14.

Cook's drop back into League 2 means he will face one of his other former employers next term, in Accrington Stanley - and Stanley have their Lancashire derby against Morecambe to look forward to.

The Shrimps haven't got the better of their rivals in the league since September 2005, 17 winless meetings ago, but the dates of their two encounters in 2015/16 will go into the diaries of every Morecambe and Accrington supporter.

Plymouth Argyle versus Exeter City is another rivalry that'll be renewed in the upcoming League 2 campaign, and the Pilgrims will be buoyant after doing the double against the Grecians in 2014/15, triumphing 3-0 at Home Park and 3-1 on the road.

At the other end of the country, Carlisle United and Hartlepool United will also share two northern fixtures against one another.

And Carlisle should also look out for their matches against AFC Wimbledon, after the pair shared 12 goals over their two meetings last time around – they drew 4-4 at Brunton Park in September 2014, before a 3-1 away success for the Cumbrians in the reverse clash.

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