League Two Round-up 6

Pre-season has really begun now in League Two, with sides continuing to step up their preparations for the 2009/10 season, with some already having friendlies underway. Aldershot Town fielded a team of youth players and trialists as they beat Alton Town 2-1, but no such luck for Lincoln City who were beaten 1-0 by German fifth division outfit CUS Telle, while Peter Jackson has also had to drop his interest in Rene Howe, but has got Paul Connor on trial. Crewe Alexandra got their pre-season off to an emphatic start under Gudjon Thordarson however, as they beat Newcastle Town 7-0, with trialist Nathan Koo-Boothe playing for the Alex.

Barnet made their first signings of the summer in the form of QPR 'keeper Jake Cole, who spent part of last season on loan at Underhill, and former Swindon Town man Jake Hyde. New boys Burton Albion also continued to strengthen their squad, by signing Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Shane Redmond on loan. Mike Newell has also continued to strengthen his Grimsby Town squad, by snapping up Millwall forward Adrian Forbes, and continuing talks with Warren Feeney.

Hereford United have been forced to reduce the capacity of Edgar Street, due to one of the terraces being deemed unsafe, while Macclesfield Town boss Keith Alexander has continued to rebuild his side with the signings of former Eastwood Town winger Colin Daniel and Nottingham Forest defender Hamza Bencherif. Morecambe have seen their pre-season dealt a blow meanwhile due to injuries to Neil Wainwright and Jim Bentley.

Northampton Town have released Liam Dolman, whilst Stuart Gray has also confirmed that he is still in the market for a striker to join Steve Guinan and Adebayo Akinfenwa at Sixfields. Notts County have confirmed they are looking to sign striker Lee Hughes after he left Oldham, while they have also taken former Ipswich Town forward Dean Bowditch on trial. Port Vale meanwhile have seen new midfielder Tommy Fraser predicts the relegation favourites for the League Two title.

Rotherham United have taken forwards Marc Grocott and Paul Warne on trial, while Shrewsbury Town new boy Dean Holden has said he believes the Shrews can go one better and win automatic promotion at the New Meadow this season, while Torquay United and Bournemouth both continue to await their first new signings of the campaign, and Accrington Stanley have taken former Northampton man Mark Hughes on trial.

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