Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: March 8 2014, 19:00 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's action in Sky Bet League 2.

Nicky Hunt: Banned for Accrington
Nicky Hunt: Banned for Accrington

Saturday, February 15

AFC Wimbledon v York

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley welcomes back Alan Bennett and Andy Frampton for the clash. Peter Sweeney (metatarsal) is edging closer to full fitness, while George Francomb (groin), Aaron Morris (ankle) and Danny Hylton (elbow) are available. But Jim Fenlon, Kevin Sainte-Luce and Charlie Wyke remain out.

York striker Wes Fletcher (hamstring) is hoping to be fit enough to feature. Midfielder Josh Carson (groin) missed the Republic of Ireland Under-21s' midweek defeat to Montenegro but is expected to be involved, while Dan Parslow (knee) is out for the rest of the season.

Last season: AFC Wimbledon 3 York 2, York 0 AFC Wimbledon 3

Last five league matches: AFC Wimbledon L L L W D; York W D W D W

Top scorers: Charlie Strutton (AFC Wimbledon) 6; Wes Fletcher (York) 13

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 1 York 1

Accrington Stanley v Chesterfield

Accrington full-back Nicky Hunt is banned after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, but Laurence Wilson returns from suspension. The only injury absentee remains fringe player Marcus Carver (shin).

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook expects to have an unchanged squad when he faces his former club. Gary Roberts (dead leg) should be fit but Drew Talbot (abductor) remains out. A gentleman's agreement means veteran goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin, on loan from Accrington, will not be on the bench.

Last season: Accrington Stanley 1 Chesterfield 0, Chesterfield 4 Accrington Stanley 3

Last five league matches: Accrington Stanley L D W L L; Chesterfield D W L W D

Top scorers: Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 9; Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) 10

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Accrington Stanley 1 Chesterfield 3

Bristol Rovers v Plymouth

Bristol Rovers are hopeful that Matt Harrold will return from a spell out with a knee injury. Fabian Broghammer is making good progress in his recovery from ruptured knee ligaments and could return in a month.

Plymouth boss John Sheridan has no fresh injury worries. Goalkeeper Luke McCormick remains sidelined with a finger injury which could end his season and winger Jason Banton is two weeks away from a return having sustained a groin injury against Dagenham last month.

Last season: Bristol Rovers 2 Plymouth 1, Plymouth 1 Bristol Rovers 1

Last five league matches: Bristol Rovers D W W D D; Plymouth W L W W W

Top scorers: John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) 14; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 16

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

Our verdict: Bristol Rovers 2 Plymouth 2

Exeter v Dagenham & Redbridge

Paul Tisdale looks likely to shuffle his pack as Exeter aim to end their five-month wait for a home win. Eliot Richards and Pat Baldwin are pushing for recalls.

Dagenham forward Zavon Hines is out with the injury which forced him to miss last Saturday's goalless draw against Mansfield. Afolabi Obafemi is making good progress in his recovery from an ankle injury but is unlikely to be ready, while Jack Connors (illness) could return. New signing Ashley Chambers could feature.

Last season: Exeter 0 Dag & Red 1, Dag & Red 1 Exeter 1

Last five league matches: Exeter W D L L L; Dag & Red W L D L D

Top scorers: Eliot Richards (Exeter) 6; Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex)

Our verdict: Exeter 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Mansfield v Newport County

Defenders James Jennings (quad muscle) and Martin Riley (calf) look set to come back into the reckoning for Mansfield. Louis Briscoe, Ben Hutchinson, Chris Clements, Lindon Meikle, Michael Cain and Ollie Palmer are pushing for starts.

Newport will wait on defender Ismail Yakubu, who was forced off against Fleetwood on Tuesday with a thigh injury. Goalkeepers Lenny Pidgeley and Jamie Stephens are edging closer to full fitness so this match could be the last Exiles appearance for Elliott Parish, whose loan deal expires after the Stags clash.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Mansfield W L W L D; Newport County W L L D D

Top scorers: Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 13; Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 9 Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)

Our verdict: Mansfield 0 Newport County 1

Morecambe v Southend

Padraig Amond (hamstring) will be back in Morecambe's squad this weekend, while Jack Redshaw (knock) is a doubt and and Andy Parrish (back) is out. Midfielder Jamie Devitt, on loan from Chesterfield, serves the final game of his three-match ban against the Shrimpers.

Southend remain without defensive duo Luke Prosser and Adam Thompson (both calf). Fellow defender Julian Bennett is a long-term absentee with his knee problem and unlikely to play again this term.

Last season: Southend 0 Morecambe 1, Morecambe 1 Southend 0

Last five league matches: Morecambe L L D D L; Southend L D D L D

Top scorers: Padraig Amond (Morecambe) 8; Kevan Hurst (Southend) 11 Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands)

Our verdict: Morecambe 1 Southend 1

Oxford v Burton

Oxford have no fresh injury worries ahead of the clash. Andy Whing (groin) and Jon Meades (ankle) have returned to full training but this match looks to have come too soon for the pair.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (hamstring) is an injury concern for Burton and Marcus Holness is ready to deputise if he is absent. Veteran striker Gary Alexander is struggling with a knee injury while fellow forward Michael Symes is still nursing the knee problem that has kept him out for several weeks.

Last season: Oxford Utd 1 Burton Albion 1, Burton Albion 4 Oxford Utd 0

Last five league matches: Oxford Utd D W L D L; Burton Albion D D L D W

Top scorers: James Constable (Oxford Utd) 11; Billy Kee (Burton Albion) 12

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)

Our verdict: Oxford 2 Burton 1

Portsmouth v Cheltenham

Ryan Taylor could return to the Portsmouth squad after missing the last three games with a groin injury. Michael Drennan and Daniel Alfei return from international duty but Danny East (ankle) and Simon Ferry (back) are out.

Byron Harrison will hope to earn a recall for Cheltenham after coming off the bench to score against Bury last weekend. Defender Troy Brown is one player who looks set to keep his place having recovered from an ankle injury to return to the starting line-up against the Shakers.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Portsmouth D W L W D; Cheltenham D L W L W

Top scorers: Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) 5; Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 12

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex)

Our verdict: Portsmouth 1 Cheltenham 0

Scunthorpe v Northampton

Scunthorpe pair David Mirfin (illness) and Gary McSheffrey (back) hope to return to contention. Andy Dawson is still waiting for his first appearance since November after recovering from a hip injury but striker Deon Burton (calf) remains sidelined. The Iron will equal their club record of 19 games unbeaten - set during the 2006/7 season - if they avoid defeat.

Joe Widdowson will again be assessed by Northampton. The left-back has missed the club's last two matches due to an ankle injury.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Scunthorpe D W W D D; Northampton W L W W D

Top scorers: Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 18; Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6 Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)

Our verdict: Scunthorpe 3 Northampton 0

Torquay v Fleetwood

Torquay midfielder Joss Labadie could be available despite having a Football Association charge for misconduct hanging over his head.

United are expected to hand a home debut to Enoch Showunmi, who arrived on loan from Notts County last week.

Striker Bobby Grant (knee) will again be missing as promotion-chasing Fleetwood seek a return to winning ways.

Midfielder Jeff Hughes is another absentee after he suffered a broken leg earlier in the year while striker David Ball (ankle) is taking longer to recover from his injury.

Last season: Torquay 0 Fleetwood Town 1, Fleetwood Town 0 Torquay 0 Last five league matches: Torquay L L L D L; Fleetwood Town W L L D D Top scorers: Jordan Chapell & Aiden O'Brien (Torquay) 5; David Ball (Fleetwood Town) 11 Match odds: H 23-10 A 6-5 D 2-1

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Torquay 1 Fleetwood 1

Wycombe v Hartlepool

Wycombe will be without club captain Stuart Lewis, who has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury. Loanee Aaron Pierre is set to be in the squad but Charles Dunne (leg), Gary Doherty (arm) and Tommy Fletcher (thigh) are all sidelined. Reece Styche is likely to be included after international duty.

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper has no new selection issues as his side bid to step up their play-off challenge. Neil Austin (foot) and Michael Duckworth (soft tissue damage) remain sidelined.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wycombe D D W W D; Hartlepool W W D L W

Top scorers: Dean Morgan & Matt McClure (Wycombe) 6; Luke James (Hartlepool) 14

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 0


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