The League Two weekend starts early, with one Friday night fixture preceding the Saturday action. We preview it all below...
Friday night football
Notts County excelled last season, going on to make the League Two Play-Offs, but they haven’t started the new season too brightly — a goalless draw at home to Colchester United was followed by a last-ditch defeat to Cambridge United last weekend.
They’re back under the lights at Meadow Lane again this Friday though, and Yeovil Town are the visitors. The Glovers gave Aston Villa a midweek fright, but they came up short — and they are another side with just a point to their name from two matches.
The Magpies fired four past Darren Way’s men in this fixture last term, but the Somerset side do have the better overall head-to-head record with seven wins to six from 17 meetings.
Mansfield Town, and Tyler Walker in particular, lit up the Carabao Cup with a 6-1 win over Accrington Stanley in midweek, with the on-loan Nottingham Forest forward taking his tally to four in three for the season.
If he wants to increase that total, he will need to do something which hasn’t been done in the league this season — and that is score past Colchester United. John McGreal’s men are the only side in League Two yet to be breached.
The U’s were the side to hold Notts County to a 0-0 on the opening day, and they were at their blistering best to beat Port Vale last weekend. This fixture promises to be very easy on the eye…
Around the grounds
Exeter City top the table and will be looking for a third straight win at home to Newport County, boosted by the midweek Carabao Cup upset against Ipswich Town. Milton Keynes Dons and Lincoln City also progressed with ease, and go on the road to try and continue their winning runs.
The Imps go to Grimsby Town and the Dons travel to Crewe — both opponents picking up one win and one defeat from their opening games this season. Unbeaten Forest Green Rovers are next in line and go to Bury, while Tranmere Rovers also have four points from two games — they head to Swindon Town looking to build on last week’s Prenton Park triumph.
Cheltenham Town are one of three sides without a point and host Carlisle United, who have only managed to register one draw and sit a place above the Robins in 20th. Morecambe are rock bottom and visit unbeaten Stevenage, while Macclesfield Town go to Oldham Athletic looking for their first positive result since returning to the EFL — although the Silkmen did dump Bradford City out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Friday 17 August 2018
Notts County v Yeovil Town (7:45pm)
Saturday 18 August 2018
Bury v Forest Green Rovers
Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United
Crewe Alexandra v Milton Keynes Dons
Exeter City v Newport County
Grimsby Town v Lincoln City (1pm)
Mansfield Town v Colchester United
Northampton Town v Cambridge United
Oldham Athletic v Macclesfield Town
Port Vale v Crawley Town
Stevenage v Morecambe
Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers