Sulphurites prove strengthening brings success
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Barrow 2.8615/8 v Harrogate 2.89/5; the draw 3.412/5
Harrogate rested captain Josh Falkingham and vice-captain Warren Burrell on Saturday. Yes, rested. In League Two. In addition they nevertheless won.
Beating Grimsby might possibly not have been the surprise that is biggest, but Simon Weaver was picking his moment, hedging against a hectic schedule and knowing that his squad had been strengthened in January.
Among the seven players to arrive, Simon Power (Norwich), winger Josh McPake (Rangers), and Josh March (Forest Green) have made significant contributions to the Sulphurites winning five of their last seven games. This has alleviated any danger they may fall back to non-league and pressed them to simply five points away from play-offs.
The Captain should find his way back, but he may worry about his place in the side. Jack Muldoon, top scorer with 11 goals, has started the last seven games as a substitute.
What should worry Barrow – who are battling Grimsby at the bottom – is that Harrogate have one of the half that is top dozen away records, with seven victories and two draws.
The levels aren’t totally convinced nevertheless, provided the purchase price, preferring to see that Harrogate’s final away game led to a reverse that is 3-1 in-form Scunthorpe. Before that, however, they won at out-of-form Crawley, scored twice at Tranmere (lost 3-2) and drew 2-2 at Salford. Opta stress that they have won only one of their past five away, but have scored each time. In fact they have in fact scored in their past seven away games, which strengthens their case of success at Barrow.
The Bluebirds have only failed to score twice at home this season, according to the Opta stats, and they haven’t lost three league games in a row since 1971. I find it more relevant that they are on their manager that is third of period and also haven’t scored in three of these previous five matches, netting twice and conceding six times.
Reports suggest they frustrated Bolton for very long durations of these 1-0 beat on Saturday, in a performance that is dogged few chances.
Scott Quigley, their scorer that is top with, has netted all three of these objectives within the previous six games. Fans appear to have self-confidence in Rob Kelly, whom formerly gained two belated wins as caretaker december. However, Harrogate have their tails up.
Reds can dent Morecambe bid for home comforts
Morecambe 2.47/5 v Crawley 3.412/5; the draw 3.55/2
A run of eight points from six games (and 15 points from 10) puts Morecambe bang in the middle of the form table. Yet League Two is so compact they remain fifth, just a points that are few the most notable three. Eight points split the top seven, aided by the leaders on 55. In League One 12 points split the top six (leaders on 61), that margin being 15 points within the Championship (leaders on 67). The nature that is topsy-turvy of Two makes results the toughest to predict. It was ever thus.
The Shrimps have two wins, two draws and two defeats in six. How’s that for unpredictable? They are the answer to the quiz question: who were the side that is final Embleton overcome as Leyton Orient supervisor before being sacked seven games later? But Tuesday that is then last they Salford City, just as the Ammies were finally getting their act together for a push into the top seven.
Manager Derek Adams and the board have ambitions to be a League that is stable one by 2024. Beautiful to look at providers of objectives – and periodic scorers – such as Aaron Wildig would want that opportunity. Replace AJ Leitch-Smith need grabbed a leveller that is late Mansfield on Saturday, but fluffed the chance provided by top scorer Carols Mendes Gomes.
Adams will be looking for far better than what he perceived was a performance that is frustratingly poor a poor with “no quality” from either part. In comparison, Stags employer Nigel Clough felt it absolutely was their part’s performance that is best since his arrival!
Whatever the truth, Adams will be glad to return to the Globe Arena, after only one home match in the past six (the win over Salford).
The Shrimps don’t score in big numbers, netting twice in a game just three times this season. A goal difference of -1 over all might undo their play-off ambitions. Just seven sheets that are clean 31 games offers many groups the opportunity against them.
John Yems‘ Crawley are restabilising after their FA Cup exit and today have actually two victories from three, both in the home. The guard that is”old (before the three months of Max Watters grabbing the headlines) of Tom Nichols and Ashley Nadeson scored to net a fine victory over Exeter.
The Reds never used to fear anyone on the road, said Yems at the turn of the as they beat Forest Green and Bolton year. Opta declare that both of these groups have actually faced one another 12 times, with four of each outcome. All four draws ended 1-1, which may take place once again right here. They shall hope history will not repeat itself after losing their last two away games: they last lost three in a row on their travels in March 2019 – the third at Morecambe.
Goal power can give Tranmere victory
Tranmere 2.68/5 v Newport 3.211/5; the draw 3.211/5
Newport boss Mike Flynn must be overjoyed to have an away match. Sharing Rodney Parade with rugby is clearly a problem, creating a surface that is terrible over-use.
However, the Exiles’ away record recently was not that great. A goalless draw with increasing Stevenage on Saturday ended up being their result that is best in three on the road (having lost at Oldham and Harrogate), matching draws away at Cheltenham and Crawley since Christmas.
Their problems seem deeper set, however. In 10 matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded nine. Flynn has been angry enough with his team slipping from top spot to jettison experienced Robbie Willmott and youngster that is promising*)Tristan Abrahams, out on loan, while nevertheless maintaining Padraig Amond in book in the workbench.The dangers of loanees, with
Scott Twine time for Swindon, has not assisted. Skilled players such as for example Luke Gambin and Nicky Maynard have already been recruited along side players from high-level U21 edges.Contrast their three objectives for and four against in six games with Tranmere’s 12 scored and seven conceded within the period that is same they have shot up to fourth.
Newport’s tight defence might mean we don’t see a goal tally to match, but Tranmere have won four of their last six at home, raising their return that is overall at Park to eight victories this period.
has forced himself into Keith Hill‘s starting fall into line and rewarded six goals to his boss in seven games, James Vaughan netting seven in eight games too. They should be able to ignore losing their last two at home, as stressed by Opta, knowing that they could be pushed by a victory to the top three.Stick with Bolton’s belated rise
3.211/5 v Bolton 2.3611/8; the draw 3.55/2Will Bolton’s increase to the play-off roles ring a setback that is small as so often happens when teams climb into the top seven, top three or go top? Or is the fact they have taken 21 points from 10 games the sign we need to think they can win at Oldham?
Opta point out that the Latics’ last six home games have all been decided by a one goal margin, with
Harry Kewell‘s side losing four and winning two. They lost the last one, conceding in the minute that is 89th Barrow for a 1-0 beat, as the other people have actually all showcased over 2.5 objectives. As much
Dylan Bahamboula has begun to get his scoring feet in current days, with three of their four objectives this year within the previous five games, the defence has undone the attackers’ time and effort by neglecting to keep a clean sheet in nine games. Kewell ended up being bred needless to say on Liverpool’s attacking style when winning the Champions League as a new player.Conor McAleny
has enjoyed the service, top scoring with 12, but can the Trotters unpick their hosts whom just have actually four house victories and a -11 house objective huge difference? They will have three away victories in a row, state Opta, whom add their final better run ended up being five in 2017.
They april almost match Oldham for tight victory margins: amid three 1-0 wins and a humdinger that is 3-2 Mansfield, 2-0 victories had been accomplished over Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe in the home. Ian Evatt‘s side have actually four sheets that are clean five matches, as well.
Declan John has netted twice since arriving from Swansea on loan, and power off the bench ensures they finish games strongly, when other teams are fatigued. For example, in eight substitute appearances Shaun Miller has netted twice, having replaced 12-goal scorer that is top*)Eion Doyle on both occasions. Six of these final eight objectives came within the last 16 moments. They truly are well worth chancing for success later within the game. Bolton had been name favourites back September. Perhaps their goals that are late a metaphor because of their season.