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League One review: Lesser lights lead the way

Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town have been regular features at the bottom end of the League One table in recent years but could that be about to change?

Not only are the Rovers and the Glovers setting the early season pace, they are doing so in style.

Yeovil comfortably saw off Doncaster Rovers 2-1, while Tranmere handed Colchester United a 4-0 mauling, with a hat-trick from on loan Wolves striker Jake Cassidy (pictured).

The Merseyside and Somerset clubs now not only share top spot but are also the league’s highest scorers.

Golden performance from the Blades

With Tranmere and Yeovil stealing the limelight, how did League One’s big name clubs fare?

Sheffield United preceded their clash with Bournemouth, by renaming a stand in honour of local Olympian and Blades fan Jessica Ennis.

In the end Danny Wilson’s men did the local girl proud, winning a thrilling encounter 5-3.

Managerless Coventry claim to have had over 40 applicants for the vacant position at the Ricoh Arena but some of those candidates might find themselves having second thoughts, after seeing the Sky Blues slump to a 1-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth have dropped into the relegation zone, following a 1-0 home defeat by Oldham Athletic.

More misery for Orient and Scunthorpe

Nicky Ajose scored the only goal as Crawley Town condemned Leyton Orient to a third straight defeat, leaving the O’s joint bottom of the table and without a point.

Orient share the foot of the table with Scunthorpe United, who lost their fourth consecutive match, 2-0 against Hartlepool United. 

Swindon Town may have humbled Premier League Stoke City a few days earlier in the League Cup but that did them no favours at Deepdale, where they were emphatically between 4-1 by Preston.

Elsewhere, Milton Keynes Dons finally managed to keep 11 players on the pitch and were rewarded with a 2-0 victory over Carlisle. Notts County defeated Bury by the same scoreline.

Late drama in the Midlands

Walsall scored two goals in the space of a minute, to take charge against Brentford but the Bees managed to recover their sting and struck twice in the last five minutes to ensure a 2-2 draw.

Last but not least are Stevenage Borough, who remain undefeated following a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town.

By James Martin

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