The League Two Chronicles: Why fortunes are looking rosy for Nolan

League Two so far has not failed to disappoint with its unpredictability as we enter the second month of the season.

Despite the table reading just 5 games into a 46 game season, we’ve seen results that would screw up the most ardent accumulator gambler.


Roles reversed

We witnessed it at first hand last week with rock bottom Crawley’s stunning first win at then leaders Swindon Town, and the role reversal of results for these two is in full swing.

The Red Devils notched a second successive win with back to back clean sheets thrown in for good measure, Yeovil Town unable to quash their own up and down form.

For Swindon, if last week was just a blip then normal service would be resumed against a Barnet side coming off the back of two 1-0 defeats and 4-3 Checkatrade Trophy loss in midweek.

But once again, League Two delivered and the Bees went one better and thumped the Robins for 4 goals which included a hat-trick for striker Shaq Coulthirst and a result many would not have seen coming.


Where to for Swindon?

Now six points behind the leaders Exeter, two tough away games are on the horizon at Luton and Notts County, sides with promotion aspirations of their own and as with clubs in previous weeks, the slide needs to be halted sooner rather than later.

As mentioned, Exeter won the game of the day defeating Newport by a single goal and have opened up a two point gap over the only other unbeaten side, Stevenage.

Another 1-0 win for Boro over Cheltenham keeps Exeter firmly in their sight and next up for these sides are the two League new boys, Lincoln and Forest Green.


Life not so swell in League Two

Forest Green Rovers are finding life a bit tougher in this division.

Two successive defeats has seen them drop down the table to just outside the drop zone, occupied by Cheltenham and Port Vale and it doesn’t get any better in the shape of a visit from the league leaders for Rovers.

But as we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks banking on the top sides doesn’t always pay dividends!

Both sides are in a poor run of form and Vale boss Michael Brown will no doubt find himself under the same level of scrutiny Harry Kewell received over the past month.  

Cheltenham find themselves on the bottom courtesy of goal difference, but a win for either side next time out could be a rise of six or seven places still given the tightness of the division.


Nolan doing alright

On the other side of the coin, another ex-pro seems to be making a better fist of it than Brown.

Kevin Nolan, who had a distinguished career in the top flight, is in his second spell as a player-manager in League Two and whilst an ill-fated time at Leyton Orient is on his CV, at Meadow Lane it seems lessons were learnt and Notts County are ready to challenge.

Currently on a four game unbeaten run, fortunes look rosy and with two home to come they will be looking to maintain their position in the play-off places.

With three games to play in seven days starting this weekend there could be some real movement up and down the table as we head towards the 10 game marker.


Defenders shine this week

Despite the unpredictability, six games were settled by the difference of a single goal and only four teams scored more than once which may suggest that for some the transfer window has shored up defences and provided goalscorers for defenders to have nightmares over.

Watch this space!


Written by Trevor Knell

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