The League Two table already has a familiar feel about it before the end of August.
Swindon, tipped for the title in this column 3 weeks ago, lead the way on goal difference from last season’s beaten play off finalists, Exeter City and Luton Town complete the top three.
The Robins will expect to stay top as they host last place Crawley Town, while the Grecians and the Hatters are both on their travels.
But what of the others you would expect to see up there?
Well, Coventry are there, just outside those three with goal difference the separator as is most common with such a small amount of games played so far.
A win for any one of the cluster of clubs in mid table with four points could see them leap in the top three, such is the closeness currently, not one side boasts a 100% record, although there are five teams with an unbeaten record.
Chesterfield and Grimsby haven’t hit form yet, nor have Wycombe but with the division being as tight as it is, even a loss this weekend won’t put too much distance between them and the top three.
Fight to climb out of the mid-table zone
Accrington, with one of the smallest budgets in the Football League will have the chance to top the table for 12 hours at least if they win at Notts County, the hosts also with the same goal as both teams are locked on 6 points.
Barnet entertain Stevenage in the derby at The Hive, Forest Green and Crewe will look to build on last weekend’s wins and begin to put some momentum together.
Three points this time out for any of the sides from 4th to 15th can propel some teams up as many as 10 places by the time the final whistle blows.
Only three clubs have yet to register a win, one of those surprisingly are last season’s National League champions Lincoln City. Those coming up previously have fared well, time is however on their side and the Cowley brothers will be determined to get the ball rolling on their season.
The bottom two hoping to get their seasons back on track
In the bottom two, whilst not adrift of the others, both Crawley and Colchester will be hoping their season begins at last and if they are successful, any one or two from the seven clubs above them could be sitting in the drop zone by 5 o’clock.
It seems harsh to be talking about the drop zone with only 3 league games played, and even the top three promotion places, but the stark harsh reality of today’s management game leaves very little margin for error with success demanded yesterday.
Also, the increasing pressure being put on the shoulders of managers/head coaches up at down the country and with plenty currently out of work and some looking to get their first movement into the game, there will be a willing for some to fail.
Will we be seeing the season’s second managerial departure in the next couple of weeks?
I certainly wouldn’t bet against it, although with still time to make moves in the transfer window, the merry go round might just hold off until September.
Written by Trevor Knell
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