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Lower League Roundup: November 27th 2017

A new derby for the EFL, whilst Wigan and Luton dominate their divisions.

Forest Green Rovers v Bristol Rovers - Vanarama Football Conference League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

League One

To give a team the title in November is a little premature to say the least, but it is hard to see Wigan being toppled by any side in League One. They were completely dominant at Rotherham and the 3-1 victory could probably have been more. They have a solid backline, creative midfield with bite and goal scoring ability, not just up front but all over the park.

Their nearest rivals, Shrewsbury, lost back-to-back games for the first time this season while also suffering their first home defeat as Bradford nicked the 1-0 win. Shrewsbury have been good but rely more on a strong work ethic rather than having the natural ability of the players in the Wigan squad.

The play-off race is starting to take shape and a gap is opening up between those in the top six and the rest of the chasing pack. Of those in the play-offs, Scunthorpe are in great form and two sensational Josh Morris goals got them past promotion rivals Charlton at Glanford Park.

Northampton Town v Scunthorpe Utd - The Emirates FA Cup First Round Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

Blackburn are also on a good run and could begin to show their teeth as they came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers at Ewood Park. Charlie Mulgrew and former Royal Dominic Samuel have been key for the former Premier League champions so far this season, and they look ready to make an assault on the automatic promotion places.

At the other end of the table, both Plymouth Argyle and Bury are in trouble. The Pilgrims sunk to the bottom due to a 1-0 defeat at Fratton Park caused by a horrible goalkeeping error by Matthews, whereas Bury were Lucketti to escape from Sixfields with a point after looking second best all game in Chris Lucketti’s first game as manager.

Results in full:

Wimbledon 1-2 Walsall, Blackburn 2-1 Bristol Rovers, Fleetwood 0-0 Blackpool, Doncaster 2-1 MK Dons, Gillingham 0-0 Oldham, Northampton 0-0 Bury, Portsmouth 1-0 Plymouth Argyle, Rochdale 2-0 Peterborough, Rotherham 1-3 Wigan, Scunthorpe 2-0 Charlton, Shrewsbury 0-1 Bradford, Southend 1-1 Oxford

League Two

Luton are a class above most in this division and the goals from Hylton and Berry were enough to give them victory at struggling Crewe. The great thing about League Two is that it is so close and Notts County showed the great character that has epitomised the Kevin Nolan era at the club. They were playing a tough Colchester United side that were on an unbeaten run of their own, and were pegged back in the last few minutes, but still found time to drive forward and get the winner.

Exeter beat Accrington in the other game at the top as they keep their automatic promotion hopes well and truly cooking. There were a couple of derby games in the division with Mansfield and Chesterfield drawing 2-2 at Field Mill, an excellent result for the foot of the table Spireites.

In a game dubbed as El Glousico - the first ever Gloucestershire derby in the league - Forest Green took on Cheltenham, and an awful mistake by Jamie Grimes led to Christian Doidge grabbing the opener for Rovers. Cheltenham hit back with Mo Eisa and probably should have won it, but couldn’t quite do so.

Wycombe are back in the top six after beating Yeovil and Grimsby, whose fans were feeling very sorry for themselves just one week ago, are now only three points from the play-offs thanks to back-to-back wins this week. They beat Swindon at home 3-2 on Tuesday and played well in North London on Saturday, coming away from Barnet with a 2-0 win.

Results in full:

Mansfield 2-2 Chesterfield, Lincoln 3-1 Port Vale, Coventry 1-1 Crawley, Crewe 1-2 Luton, Notts County 2-1 Colchester, Exeter 2-0 Accrington, Wycombe 2-1 Yeovil, Forest Green 1-1 Cheltenham, Barnet 0-2 Grimsby, Swindon 0-1 Newport, Carlisle 1-1 Morecambe, Cambridge 1-0 Stevenage

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