On a day in which they didn't kick a football, Yeovil Town slipped three places in the League Two table, following eleven Saturday fixtures in the fourth tier. With their home match against morning leaders Lincoln City postponed due to international call-ups in the Glovers ranks, it was unlikely that they would cling onto their 14th place spot, given they had Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town just below them on goal difference, whilst Crewe Alexandra lay two points further down.
Oldham gained a 3-1 home win over Cambridge United, although had to overturn a half time deficit due to an early goal from George Maris. Three goals in the final hour gave the Latics their win, with Jordan Lyden providing the pick of those, as he returned a poor goalkeeping clearance from David Forde from just inside the attacking half, catching the keeper by surprise.
Crewe also gained a home win, with a 3-2 victory over play-off chasing Tranmere Rovers. A double from Callum Ainley gave them the points, despite Tranmere's James Norwood scoring his 13th goal of the season. However, Northampton Town were a little bit fortunate to get anything out of their Saturday, needing a 90th minute header from former Glover Andy Williams to secure a 2-2 draw with Exeter City, who ended the day in sixth place.
Swindon Town were the only side that could have gone above Yeovil Town today, and they crashed heavily at home to Carlisle United. New manager Richie Wellens had said in midweek that he regarded the 17th place he inherited as their new boss as "pretty embarrassing" for the club. One wonders what he may make of the 18th place they end the day in, coupled with a 0-4 defeat to the Cumbrians.
The other side that sacked their manager this week didn't fare much better. Notts County had claimed when they fired Harry Kewell on Tuesday, that they were planning to have their new man in place by Saturday. For whatever reason, that hasn't happened meaning that Steve Chettle got a game as Caretaker Manager. When the Magpies last changed managers in August, Chettle was initially named as their Caretaker, but the Development Squad manager had to forego that due to a family wedding. This time around he was not so lucky, and took charge of a six-pointer against Cheltenham Town, with 22nd playing 23rd in the table. By the end of the day, they'd swapped positions, with a 0-3 defeat at Meadow Lane, as Robins boss Michael Duff finally picked up his first win in charge at the tenth attempt.
That result isn't good news for basement side Macclesfield Town. They lost 2-0 at Milton Keynes Dons, who took advantage of Lincoln not playing to go top of the division. Paul Tisdale's side are currently on a run of ten matches without defeat and have won seven of their last eight games. Chuks Aneke and former Glover Kieran Agard put them top by a single point. Macclesfield, who are Yeovil's next opponents at Moss Rose, are now seven points from safety, with only seven points to their name in 18 matches.
At the top end of the table, whilst Milton Keynes and Lincoln are setting a heavy pace, the competitive nature of the final automatic slot and the play-off positions shows no sign of abating, with just three points between third placed Newport County and eighth placed Bury. Both sides got valuable wins in six-pointers, with Newport gaining a 2-0 win over fourth placed Colchester United, to leapfrog them, whilst Bury were 4-0 victors over Stevenage, in a match that turned heavily on the 41st minute sending off of Kurtis Guthrie whilst the game was goalless. The Shakers didn't take the lead until the 63rd minute, but then scored four in 20 minutes to leapfrog their visitors.
Yeovil end the day in 17th place. For those looking downward, Cheltenham's win means they're now seven points off the relegation zone, with a number of clubs between 18th and 21st now firmly breathing down their neck, with the bottom three only truly cut away from the mid-table pack at present. For the optimists, the Glovers now lie nine points off the play-off slots, but with two games in hand. The trip to Cheltenham Town and the home game against Lincoln City have still yet to be rearranged.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
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