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Around League Two

7 March 2019

With the Sky Bet League Two marathon now entering its final third, we have taken a look at three stories from around the league that you might have missed.

County Ground Sale

Swindon Town in joint partnership with its supporters, have agreed a deal in principle to purchase the County Ground stadium from Swindon Borough Council for an estimated £2.2m.

As part of the deal, which is set to be ratified by the council’s cabinet in a meeting on March 20, the Supporters’ Trust are launching a community fundraising campaign to raise half of the required investment.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that Robins owner Lee Power has invested £6m of his own money into the club, and the man at the centre of the deal expressed his delight when he spoke to BBC Wiltshire.

"This gives us a fantastic opportunity now to get some extra revenue in,” said Power.

“We can make the stadium more modern, more welcoming, and - working with Steve and the supporters - to make it a home they can become proud of.

"This is a football that's probably two leagues below where it should be and hopefully this will give it the lift to get there in the forthcoming years."

Cioffi’s Touchline Ban

Crawley Town Head Coach Gabrielle Cioffi has received a one-game suspension after the Italian received his fourth yellow card of the season in their away defeat to MK Dons.

The touchline ban means Cioffi will be watching the Reds’ Sky Bet League Two fixture with Grimsby Town from the stands.

Under the Football Association's disciplinary code managers are given a ban after four "stage one warnings".

Cioffi took the reigns at the Broadfield Stadium after Harry Kewell’s departure to Notts County in September.

The Silkmen recorded a 2-0 victory over Crawley back in December - Sol Campbell’s first managerial victory.

Bury Held By Cheltenham

The Sky Bet League Two’s sole midweek game concluded in a 1-1 draw between Cheltenham Town and Bury, with the visitors missing the chance to move top of the table.

Three points would have sent the Shakers above Lincoln City on goal difference and they took the lead early on when Scott Wharton headed in from close-range.

But Ryan Lowe’s side found themselves being pegged back by a persistent Cheltenham side, who equalised through Billy Waters in the 33rd minute.

The result leaves the fight for the title finely poised, with Lincoln holding a game in hand and they possess an opportunity to extend their lead to five points over the weekend.


By Jaquob Crooke.

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