Sky Bet League Two: How will they look in May?

The Sky Bet League table as we think it will look in 36 games time

With 10 games gone in Sky Bet League 2, we’ve had a look at how we think they will line up at the end of the season. And this is how the table looks:

1Lincoln City
2Newport County
3Exeter City
5Colchester United
6Oldham Athletic
7Forest Green Rovers
9Swindon Town
10Crawley Town
11Carlisle United
13MK Dons
14Mansfield Town
15Tranmere Rovers
16Port Vale
18Crewe Alexandra
19Cheltenham Town
20Cambridge United
21Northampton Town
22Notts County
23Grimsby Town
24Macclesfield Town

Top of the tree is Lincoln. Under the Cowley brothers the Imps have started well, dropping only four points with a home defeat against Crawley and picking up a point away at Grimsby. After becoming the first non-league team to beat a Premier League in the FA Cup in over 100 years back in 2016, beating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor, Lincoln kicked on last season, ending in play-off semi-final defeat and victory at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy, but City will be looking to go one better this season.

Exeter City and Oldham Athletic make up the automatic promotion slots. Losing play-off finalists Exeter now managed by former defender Matt Taylor after Paul Tisdale failed to agree a new contract after 12 years at the club, while relegated Oldham are buoyed by Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge who has hit six in six for The Latics, and has been voted the League 2 player of the month.

The Play off mix

Newport, Forest Green Rovers, Swindon and MK Dons make up the play offs. Rovers have a young but experienced squad with no less than five ex-Oldham players, including midfielder Carl Winchester and full back Joe Mills, while MK Dons have Championship experience with captain Dean Lewington and striker Kieran Agard.

Mid-table Obscurity

Bury just miss out on the play offs while Stevenage, Colchester, Carlisle and Crawley make up the top half.

Tranmere and Notts County head up the bottom half while Lancashire’s only League 2 representation Morecambe in 15th.

Although there is unrest in the stands at the Globe Arena. After team news was announced for a recent game against Cheltenham Town, a game in which the Shrimps went on to draw 2-2, the following tweets were sent from fans;

It also seems that some fans are starting to turn on manager Jim Bentley.

Recently though, the Shrimps have had an upturn in form, unbeaten in the last three, and are slowly edging away from the relegation zone.

The fight against the drop

Meanwhile Crewe, Cheltenham and Grimsby narrowly avoid relegation but it is Northampton, who were relegated from League 1 last term, and National League champions Macclesfield who seem destined for the drop into Non-League.