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The Big Kick-Off

The Big Kick-Off


And just like that, it’s back, like it’s never been away. Saturday’s will go back to being either the best or worst day of the week dependent on the result from the County Ground or from somewhere around the country.

Town’s first pit stop of their country wide tour over the next 38 weeks is Glanford Park to face newly relegated Scunthorpe United in what will be a big test for Richie Wellens’ new look side.

As I mentioned in my previous piece the transfer business done by the manager has been some of the best we’ve seen for many years.

After looking at all the arrivals over the summer I firmly believe this squad has the talent to be challenging for a spot in the top seven of the division.

Another big reason is the manager, I believe Wellens will come good this season after a couple of seasons learning the ropes in management this will be the season we see a new talented manager take to the football league stage.

It seems with every passing day this week the squad is looking more and more capable of mounting a serious promotion challenge with both midfielder Jordan Lyden and winger Lloyd Isgrove joining the clubs hunt for promotion.

It seems Lyden will slot straight into the midfield enforcer role vacated by Canice Carroll, hopefully the former Villa man can replace the talented Carroll in that role, and the club haven’t made a mistake not re-signing the midfielder on loan as we see the former loanee join League Two rivals Carlisle Utd this past week.

The signing of Lloyd Isgrove will be very welcome news for the Town faithful after impressing over his two-week trial. With reports suggesting other clubs were circling the former Southampton winger it’s a relief to see him sign on the dotted line.

As we all know a successful pre-season doesn’t automatically mean we’ve struck gold, Thomas Dossevi is just one example, but I’m going to make an exception for Isgrove and say he will make a big difference for Town this season.

We all know it’s incredibly difficult to predict how a season will pan out over the football calendar but despite this foolishly I’ve made my prediction of how the League Two table will look after 46 games:

  1. Plymouth Argyle
  2. Bradford City
  3. Mansfield Town
  4. Salford City
  5. Swindon Town
  6. Scunthorpe United
  7. Walsall
  8. Forest Green Rovers
  9. Exeter City
  10. Carlisle United
  11. Northampton Town
  12. Stevenage
  13. Leyton Orient
  14. Newport County
  15. Colchester United
  16. Crewe Alexandra
  17. Cambridge United
  18. Oldham Athetic
  19. Cheltenham Town
  20. Grimsby Town
  21. Port Vale
  22. Morecambe
  23. Macclesfield Town
  24. Crawley Town


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