Date: 11th September 2009 at 2:26pm
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League Two gets underway tonight [Friday] as Accrington Stanley take on Darlington on the back of their impressive 2-0 win at Bury last week. Both teams have well documented financial problems, but after last week’s result and with Darlington without a win I expect Stanley to get a result infront of, what should be, a big crowd; 2-1 home win.

Two in form teams meet at The Rec as Aldershot face Port Vale, with both teams unbeaten in their last three league matches. The Shots are currently 7th in the league, one point and three places above the Valiants who come into this match on the back of a 4-0 home win. Despite injuries to Harding and Hinshelwood I can see Aldershot continuing their good home form; 2-1 Shots.

High flying Bournemouth are at home to manager-less Lincoln, who sacked their manager after the Imps lost 3-0 at Dagenham. However, they recorded a comfortable win over Darlington at Sincil Bank last week so go into this game with a bit of momentum. However, Bournemouth have made an excellent start to the season and are second on goal difference, with five wins from their opening six games. They’ve won three in a row in all competitions and I think this will continue; 3-0 home win.

Bradford City are at home to suprise package Burton Albion, who come into this game on the back of a creditable 1-1 draw at Notts County last week. After a slow start Bradford have recorded three league wins in a row, scoring nine goals in the process. Burton on the other hand have adapted to life in League Two better than most expected and only goal difference seperates the two sides in the table. Valley Parade is a tough place to go and I think the Bantams will record a victory to please the expectant home fans; 1-0 Bradford.

Stuttering Bury are at home to Cheltenham, as the Shakers are still without a goal or a point at Gigg Lane so far, in what has been a disappointing start to the season after coming so close to promotion last season. Cheltenham have made a steady start to life in the fourth tier following relegation last season, but are without a win in their last three league outings. For me, this game has a draw written all over it; 1-1.

Dagenham & Redbridge are at home to Chesterfield as the Daggers look to continue their fantastic start to the new season. After missing out on the play offs last year John Still has continued to work wonders at the Essex club and they find themselves in an automatic promotion spot and are the highest scorers in the division, rattling in 19 goals in 6 games. Their opponents have made an un-remarkable start to the campaign, with two wins, two draws and two defeats, they are predictabley in mid-table. I can’t see past a home win here; 2-0.

Two teams who have struggled so far meet at Blundell Park as Grimsby face Hereford. Only points deductions saved the Mariners from the drop last season, but they look a lot more vunerable this time around and after six games have just three points to their name. Hereford are still without a win after relegation from League One last season and new manager John Trewick is already under pressure. This is the Bulls’ best chance of a win so far and I think they’ll take it; Grimsby 1-2 Hereford.

Macclesfield are at home to high-flying Barnet, who come into this game full of confidence after their fantastic start to the season. Four wins and a draw from their first six games sees the Bees in fourth place, outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference. Macclesfield have just one win to their name so far and find themselves in 20th place, with five points. How long Barnet can keep up their form remains to be seen, but I can see it going on for one more week at least; 2-0 Barnet.

Title favourites Notts County are at home to manager-less Northampton as the Magpies look for their first win in three weeks. Northampton have lost their last two league matches and a 3-1 home defeat against Barnet cost their manager his job as he became the second managerial casualty of the new season. After relegation last season the Cobblers are 16th in the league. Despite being a decent side, I think County will have too much for Northampton and will get back on track; 3-0 home win.

Two mid-table sides meet at Spotland as Rochdale face newly promoted Torquay who have made a solid start in their return to League Two. Rochdale have made an in-different start to the season after missing out in the play offs last year, but will be boosted by their 3-3 draw at Morecambe last week, after Dale came back from 3-0 down. They’re a good sidea and I think they’ll have too much for the Gulls; 1-0 home win.

Table-topping Rotherham play Morecambe at the Don Valley Stadium, as the Millers prepare for life without Mark Robins who became the new manager of Barnsley last week. He was placed on ‘gardening leave’ for their 3-1 home win against Chesterfield last week as they live up to their pre-season billing as promotion contenders. Morecambe have struggled so far and are still without a win, picking up four draws from their opening six. Rotherham may have lost their manager, but I don’t think they’ll lose their momentum; 2-0 Rotherham.

Last season’s play off finalists Shrewsbury are at home to Crewe after making a slow start to the season. Crewe, on the other hand, have made a good start to the season after relegation last time. They’re currently in 5th place after picking up four wins from their opening fixtures. Shrewsbury’s form has been up and down and I’m going to sit on the fence with this one; 1-1.