League 2 can supply the best and the worst
Of the three divisions in the Football League, League 2 delivers the widest range of unbelievable excitement and unforgivable boredom. This weekend, we witnessed a contender for game of the season in both the good and the bad categories. The action in Fleetwood’s 5-4 triumph over Mansfield stretched from the very first minute, with Gareth Evans scoring after 18th seconds, to the very last minute, with Antoni Sarcevic completing his hat-trick from the spot. 170 miles away, a very different story was unfolding between Cheltenham and Newport; one in which there were only two shots on target throughout the match, and no goals. I’m sure you can guess which games fits into which category.
Mansfield are in danger of becoming relegation candidates
Since beating local rivals Chesterfield at the end of September, Mansfield haven’t won a League game and have slipped from 3rd place to 16th. The winless run began with a 4-1 battering from Hartlepool before they were frustrated in several games against teams struggling towards the bottom. November has been a particularly torrid time for the Stags, as they have lost all three League games, and if their form continues in this way, they could be looking at a return to the Conference come May.
Rochdale are back to their best at home
Rochdale got back to winning ways at home on Saturday, thanks to a 3-1 win over Exeter. The Dale suffered their first home defeat in the League since last season at the start of the month – 2-1 against Wimbledon – but goals from Michael Rose, Graham Cummins and Andrew Tutte meant that Rochdale gained all three points this weekend and remained in third place.
Luke James is leading Hartlepool in the right direction
With seven league goals so far this season, 19-year-old Luke James is fast becoming Hartlepool United’s main man. He added another to his tally this weekend against Northampton; a low finish after he had expertly touched down Matty Dolan’s long ball forward, and he will no doubt be catching the eye of the scouts from the Championship and possibly even the Premier League.
Portsmouth fans are loyal to the hilt
Despite the widely documented problems that Portsmouth Football Club have faced in recent years, the club can boast some of the best fans in the Football League. A huge 14,376 home fans watched an extremely sub-standard Pompey performance this weekend and, for a club in League 2 which has had the sort of problems that they have had, that is absolutely phenomenal. With the club now down in 18th Portsmouth fans would be forgiven if they gave their mid-week match against Southend a swerve but, with more than 10,000 season ticket holders, I doubt that many of them will.