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Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 9 preview

23 September 2016

Plymouth Argyle can make it seven successive wins in Sky Bet League Two when they welcome Hartlepool United to Home Park on Matchday 9.

The Pilgrims extended their hot streak by beating Exeter City last time out, and face a Pools side with just one victory to their name in their last six outings.

Doncaster Rovers are Plymouth's closest challengers at the summit, and they go to Luton Town - another side that have started the season strongly.

Carlisle United's record as the division's only unbeaten team in 2016/17 will be put on the line once again, when they face Wycombe Wanderers at Brunton Park.

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Sky Bet League Two – Matchday 9 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Saturday 24th September 2016

Carlisle United v Wycombe Wanderers
Colchester United v Accrington Stanley
Crewe Alexandra v Blackpool
Luton Town v Doncaster Rovers
Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town (12:15pm)
Morecambe v Crawley Town
Newport County v Cambridge United
Notts County v Leyton Orient
Plymouth Argyle v Hartlepool United
Portsmouth v Barnet
Stevenage v Exeter City
Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town

Five facts

1. Colchester United and Accrington Stanley meet in the League for the first time since Stanley reformed, although the U's did knock John Coleman's side out of the FA Cup via a replay in 2004..

2. Crewe Alexandra's fixture with Blackpool has taken place on 24th September once before - in 1983, when the Tangerines ran out 3-0 victors.

3. Just two Sky Bet League Two teams have now scored in every match so far -  Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle United.

4. Matchday 9 sees Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town meet for the first time in the EFL for more than eight years. The Mariners did the double over the stags last time around.

5. Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson returns to Huish Park for the first time since leaving his post as Yeovil Town manager in February 2015. He had two spells with the Glovers, guiding them to three promotions.

From the dugout

Social media

Accrington Stanley pushed top-flight West Ham United all the way in the EFL Cup in midweek, but Dimitri Payet's late winner was enough to see them alter their Twitter bio...

Safe to say @ASFCofficial are hurting from last night's #EFLCup defeat... 🤕

— EFL Cup (@EFLCup) September 22, 2016
Despite falling short, manager John Coleman seemed to enjoy the experience, and shared a moment with his grandchildren on the London Stadium turf - one of which supports the Hammers.

Lovely pic @most_shoes_wins of manager John Coleman with his two grandchildren - one a @WestHamUtd fan..

— Accrington Stanley (@ASFCofficial) September 22, 2016

1️⃣ day until we're back here...

— StevenageFC Official (@StevenageFC) September 23, 2016
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