The72 takes a look at the League 2 top scorers…
Rhys Murphy, Dag & Red – 8
The ex-Arsenal striker Rhys Murphy has been on fire so far this season, and has helped Dagenham off to flying start. Dagenham sit 11th in the League and Murphy’s eight goals have been crucial in ensuring that they defy many people’s early season predictions. He began opened his account on the opening day in the defeat to Fleetwood before scoring in the 2-0 win over York. He didn’t score again until mid-September before scoring six goals in seven games in October. With the games coming thick and fast, Murphy will be confident of extending his tally over the next few weeks.
Ryan Jarvis, York – 7
Ryan Jarvis has been a very obvious bright spark in what has been a rotten start to the season for York. The 27-year-old, who represented England U19’s earlier in his career, got his season off to the best possible start by scoring a 90th minute winner over Northampton and he continued this form with a brace over Bristol Rovers, before netting against Exeter and Portsmouth. His goals have been relatively sparse since then, but his goal in the Cup this weekend will have given him lots of confidence.
Sam Winnall, Scunthorpe – 7
Scunthorpe are having a wonderful season. They’re 8th in the league and have only lost three games so far. Striker Sam Winnall has been a crucial part of their success so far, and has chipped in with seven goals. He started the season in the best possible way, with a goal against Mansfield, and scored four goals in October. With a couple of games coming up against teams who Scunthorpe will be confident of beating, Winnall will be hoping to add more goals to his current total.
Byron Harrison, Cheltenham – 6
Due to Jamie Cureton’s injury, which kept him out for about six weeks, Harrison has been the main man in Cheltenham’s attack for most of this season. Like most of the top scorers, he scored on the opening day, a low drive into the bottom corner which extended Cheltenham’s advantage. Goals against Oxford and Torquay kick-started his season, before he netted three in three games in October and early November to ensure he knows exactly where the goal is as the fixture list begins to get heavy over the winter months.
Luke James, Hartlepool – 6
Being the form team in the division, it would be fair to assume that Hartlepool United would have a striker on top form as well. Luke James is this man; he has six goals in eight games. He has also been prolific in Hartlepool’s strong cup runs and has been Hartlepool’s biggest attacking threat all season, despite only being 18. If Steve Howard continues to misfire, James could be the man to lead the line for the rest of the season.
Adam McGurk, Burton – 6
At the start of the season it was hard to see past Rene Howe and Billy Kee in terms of attackers, as far as Burton Albion were concerned. However, McGurk has taken up the mantle of ‘top dog’, so to speak, with six League goals (and one in the FA Cup). Despite scoring the odd one here and there, it took him until mid-October to fully hit his stride, but since Burton’s win over Chesterfield the ex-Tranmere player has scored three goals in four games.
Michael Smith, Wimbledon – 6
Michael Smith seems to have found home at Kingsmeadow. The Charlton striker has been shunted from place to place on loan over the last year, but he has scored six League goals so far this season, and is proving to be a real handful for League 2 defenders. He scored his first goals towards the end of August, before grabbing a brace against York. Despite only scoring once in October, he powered home a terrific header in the televised FA Cup clash against Coventry last Friday, and he looks set to get amongst the goals in the League again, sooner rather than later.
Chris Zebroski, Newport – 6
Newport could not have got off to a better start. 4-1 was the final score, as they trounced hapless Accrington, and it was Chris Zebroski who inspired the Exiles to this win, by netting two goals. He hasn’t been particularly prolific since but his goals have come at crucial times; helping them on their way to a 3-0 win over York and securing a point against Mansfield. Injuries have robbed Newport of their Zebroski’s talismanic services, but expect him to score more goals upon his return.