Devastating Dale to face powerful Posh

Last updated : 31 January 2008 By Gary Moss
The season is beginning to take shape and of late there is a hint of the tide changing in League Two.

Chester, Morecambe and Hereford all surprised with thunderous starts to the campaign, but have struggled of late and look to be sinking.
Alan Buckley... Got his Grimsby side moving up

On the other side Rochdale and Grimsby are the divisions biggest movers.

Stockport and Shrewsbury ought not to be forgotten as they again seem to keeping quite before an all out attack for the play-offs.

Notts are another team on the up and the visit of Grimsby will have fans feeling a slight more confident than perhaps a month ago.

This week provided an entertaining crop of fixtures and the sign that things are really set to hot up beyond any point reached last season.

So sit tight - I think things are heating up!

Game of the day: Rochdale v Peterborough

This was game of the day on the opening day of the season - but for one reason and one reason only - the power and expectation of summer big spenders Posh.

But now Rochdale have got people talking too.

Manager Keith Hill has had an inspirational month taking the divisions longest serving side into the play-off places for the first time this season.

Higginbotham... Epitomises impressive Dale
Both teams playing an attacking brand of football which promises goals at Spotland.

Dale hit Chester for four in mid-week and sit pretty in fifth.

If they win their games in hand they could find themselves just two points adrift of league leaders MK Dons.

Kallum Higginbotham epitomises everything about Dale in their recent upturn in fortunes.

The pacey winger leads the counter-attcking side and could cause real problems for a frail Posh.

United have flattered to deceive so far this term after breaking League Two spending records over the summer.

Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron McLean have taken the plaudits so far this season for their impressive goal scoring records.

But Charlie Lee has been the recent unsung hero holding together the midfield as Posh construct a promotion bid.

Width could decide the outcome of this game and there is no better in the division than left-sided George Boyd at stretching a game.
McLean... Top goalscorer

His trickery a problem for the most competent of full-backs.

Posh have not been so deadly on the road as at London Road. The Cambridgeshire side have scored only 14 goals away this season but sitting fourth in the ladder, they will be keen to put that right and forge into the automatic places.

NCM Prediction: High scoring draw!


Veteran Neil Lennon will be in line to make his League Two debut for Wycombe after signing from League One high-flyers Nottingham Forest.

The former Celtic man faces a trip to the Fraser Eagle as the eighth placed Chairboys look to boolster their play-off bid with a win away at Accrington Stanley.

Paul Lambert's side have been toying with a top seven place all season and will be hoping to nail that down in the coming weeks.

Lennon... Forest captain made surprise switch to Wycombe
Shrewsbury will be hoping for a repeat of the opening day of the season as they take on Lincoln at New Meadow.

Gary Peters' Shrews raced to the top of the division with an opening day 4-0 crushing of the Imps at Sincil Bank.

With Peter Jackson now in charge, City will be focussed on making a better contest of things this time around.

And finally, MK Dons will be hoping to end a barren spell of four games without a win as they travel to Gigg Lane to face Bury.

The managerless Shakers are a team in turmoil but a win over the wobbling league leaders could provide the perfect remedy.

Full fixture list:

Accrington Stanley v Wycombe

Barnet v Morecambe

Bury v MK Dons

Chesterfield v Chester

Dagenham and Redbridge v Stockport

Macclesfield v Bradford

Mansfield v Brentford

Notts County v Grimsby

Rochdale v Peterborough

Rotherham v Hereford

Shrewsbury v Lincoln

Wrexham v Darlington