5-Minute Season Preview: League Two

by Mike Moore

Sunday, August 7th, 2011
 

Admittedly I was a bit slow to publish this…so with the added benefit of one performance, here’s the League Two preview!

Who’s Looking Good?

Crawley Town: Most bookies favourites, Crawley have the biggest budget in the league, momentum to die for, and probably the deadliest striker in the division in Matt Tubbs. His goals should surely prove vital in maintaining their great run of form and propelling them up the table in their first season of league football.

Rotherham: Like Huddersfield in League One and Reading in the Championship, Rotherham have been there or thereabouts in the promotion challenge for the last few seasons. A die-hard support and a run of good managers, including new man Andy Scott has greatly helped, and the summer’s eight new signings should provide valuable experience and squad depth.

Bristol Rovers were relegated last season and have undergone a major squad overhaul, bringing in Torquay’s Paul Buckle as manager and making fifteen new signings over the summer, including former United players Chris Zebroski and Scott Bevan. A mooted move to a new stadium next summer should also provide ample inspiration for the Pirates this term.

Also Up There: Plymouth were relegated along with Bristol Rovers last season, and have probably the biggest catchment area and stadium in the division, although losing Yannick Bolaise was a huge blow though. Port Vale under Micky Adams should also be up there, as he provides the know-how in getting teams promoted. Northampton have a hugely experienced manager in Gary Johnson and have also invested heavily in new players over the summer. Everyone always also tips Bradford at the start of every season, so I will too!

Who’s Not…

Macclesfield: Always unfairly labelled as one of the most unglamorous teams in the league, ever since the Paul Ince days Town have been languishing near the relegation zone. Have lost their two top scorers from last season, and will be up to new man Emile Sinclair to provide the goals to keep them up.

Barnet: Struggled majorly last season and could find themselves down there again. Will have to look majorly towards the club’s youngsters again this season, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, as old Barnetians include Bristol City’s Albert Adomah, Birmingham’s Marlon King, and Jason Puncheon, so they have a track record of producing quality young players.

Burton: Paul Peschisolido’s men went through an awful run at the end of last season to leave them precariously dangling on the edge of relegation. A lack of goals could again prove troublesome this campaign, but Justin Richards is a fantastic signing having performed very well for Port Vale last year, and keeping Jacques Maghoma is a major coup for the Brewers.

Also Down There: Dag & Red could struggle after relegation from League One last year, especially after losing key man Danny Green. Hereford, like Burton, also dabbled a bit too close to the drop last season and will probably be down there again.

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  • Adam King

    No mention of Swindon Town?

    They looked really good in pre-season, and against Crewe, and have a good manager in Paolo Di Canio. They will be top 6 at least, come the end of the season.

    Bristol Rovers looked good v AFC Wimbledon (don’t rule them out either!) and it’ll be interesting to see if lightning strikes twice with Steve Evans (remember Boston United?) Plymouth will be thankful just to have a team – maybe a top 10 finish but no challenge for the play-offs.

    Disagree with Vale, Northampton and Bradford – lower mid-table at best. Northampton might scrape 12th or better.

    Dagenham are one of those unpredictable sides, and could cause a few shocks. Can’t see them being in much trouble, but they won’t be top 10 material this time. Agree with Barnet and Hereford – doesn’t look to rosy for them. Burton should be ok though, and I think they’ll finish above Vale and Bradford.

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