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Around League Two

27 February 2020

Despite the fact that there has not been a full mid-week programme in Sky Bet League Two this week, it has still been a busy time around the division.

Here are some of the stories dominating the headlines -

Late Varney Goal Sees Off Northampton 

Cheltenham’s Luke Varney came off the bench to score the winner in a 2-1 victory for his side over Northampton on Tuesday evening. 

The visitors broke the deadlock in what was a hard-fought encounter inside three minutes through Ryan Watson. 

Another Ryan, Ryan Broom, equalised in the 19th minute for the home team, scoring with a fabulous strike from twenty yards. 

The match remained level all the way untill the 85th minute, when Varney, who’d only been on the pitch for a matter of moments, tapped in to seal the win. 

It was The Robins’ fourth in a row and sixth consecutive victory at home and they’re now just three points off the automatic promotion places. 

They’re fifth in the table, five points ahead of The Cobblers, who are in seventh, which is the final play-off position. 


Grimsby See Off Exiles

Grimsby Town beat Newport County 4-2 in front of their overjoyed supporters at Blundell Park on Tuesday evening. 

It took less than a minute for the hosts to go in front, as Bradley Garmston opened the scoring from close range. 

Ten minutes later, Jordan Green equalised but Grimsby’s Josh Benson gave Ian Holloway's side the lead going into the break by scoring a free-kick five minutes before half-time. 

James Hanson put The Mariners two goals up in the 61st minute, before Padraig Amond cut the deficit to one with little over twenty minutes remaining. 

Max Wright made it 4-2 with six minutes to go and that’s how the match finished. 

Grimsby move up to 14th, while Newport remain 16th. County’s manager Mike Flynn was disappointed once the final whistle blew. 

"After the first 50 seconds we’re already chasing the game, but did well to get back into it and we should have taken the lead before Benson’s goal,” said Flynn. 

"We had to chase the game and we got back into it, but by their fourth we were all out trying to get an equaliser and left ourselves wide open." 


Fenty Steps Away From Grimsby 

Majority shareholder John Fenty is stepping back from day-to-day activities at Grimsby Town to allow Manager Ian Holloway more control of the club. 

"Ian Holloway intends to drive the club forward both on and off the field, having special responsibilities as the director responsible for all football operations," he told the club website. 

Fenty also said that he will continue to attend games and support the club financially whilst focusing on his political role as deputy leader of North East Lincolnshire Council. 


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