McClaren disrupts League two action

By Gary Moss
Last updated : 12 October 2007

With the England senior side in action against Estonia at Wembley on Saturday, the League Two fixture list is a tad scattered this weekend.

Shrewsbury and Chesterfield fans must decide between Wayne Rooney and their own teams
Twelve games over three days sees a bumper long weekend of fourth tier action.

Only Shrewsbury against Chesterfield clashes with the big qualifier as the English fans prepare to watch Steve McClaren's men in a crunch game against the Eastern European minnows.

The lack of Premiership action means table toppers MK Dons get the chance to showcase their new 25,000 seater stadium live on Sky as they take on struggling Lincoln City.

It is somewhat unknown territory for the division in gameweek 11, but I'm sure there will be no lack of the usual thrills and spills.

Game of the Weekend: Chester City v Hereford United

A somewhat unexpected top of the table clash but two sides who are well worth their early season rank.

The third placed Blues host the second placed Bulls in what promises to be an entertaining tie.

There really is nothing to choose between these sides.

City have experienced better form on their travels, already losing twice at home, and United in the same boat have won four out of five away from home.

Will the pressure of playing at the Deva again be Chester's downfall? Or will Hereford's sterling away form grind to a halt?

Partridge... Tricky winger back to boost Chester

Both sides are two points from the top and victory could see them lead the league at the quarter way mark. There should be no greater incentive as these two surprise packages lock horns.

Blues boss Bobby Williamson has no fresh injury worries, but has in form Richie Partridge back available after missing out on the Johnstone Paint Trophy tie at Carlisle in mid-week.

Similarly, United welcome back red hot Lionel Ainsworth to the side. He has shrugged off his thigh trouble. He may only make the bench though with Luke Webb coming on to hit a match winning brace against Brentford last week.

NCM's Prediction: A cowardly score draw.

Elsewhere…

The nearly men of this seasons division go head to head on Sunday as Peterborough entertain Wycombe at London Road.

Both sides sit on the fringe of the play-off places in seventh and eighth place respectively but victory could see one of these teams leap up into the automatic promotion reckoning.

Paul Lambert must get more consistency from his Wycombe side
The Chairboys are definitely the form side at present with just one defeat in the last six league games while although results have picked up for Posh, their performances remain shaky.

Two sides experiencing a gulf in form at present are Barnet and Mansfield.

They meet at Underhill on Saturday.

The Bees are flying high in sixth without defeat since the first weekend of the season while the Stags are firmly routed to the bottom with just one win in ten.

This should be a home banker but we all know League Two far too well to put all our money on that.

Notts County continue to under-achieve, losing two on the spin.

A home game would normally be exactly what they need but the visit of Bury could be tricky.

The Shakers have taken eight points from five games on their travels and have a new found resilience on the road, while Notts need a win to start climbing the table. The fans expect.

Full Fixture List: (See kick-off times)

Brentford v Rotherham (Friday, 19:45)

Chester v Hereford (Friday, 19:45)

Grimsby v Rochdale (Friday, 19:45)

Morecambe v Bradford (Friday, 19:45)

Barnet v Mansfield (Saturday, 13.00)

Macclesfield v Wrexham (Saturday, 12.30)

Notts County v Bury (Saturday, 12.00)

Shrewsbury v Chesterfield (Saturday, 15.00)

Dagenham & Redbridge v Accrington Stanley (Sunday, 13.00)

Darlington v Stockport (Sunday, 14.00)

MK Dons v Lincoln (Sunday, 13.30)

Peterborough v Wycombe (Sunday, 14.00)

Notts. County Match Reports

Sky Bet League Two Sat 9th December 15:00

Luton Town 1 - 1 Notts County

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