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League Two - A Look At Who Town Will Be Facing - Part 3

6 July 2016

In Part 3 of our look at Town's opposition this season, we preview teams L-N

Leyton Orient

Orient are one of the favourites for promotion this season and will be looking to improve on last campaign, where they missed out on the play-offs.

Andy Hessenthaler took over for the final five games of the season and was handed the job on a permanent basis in the summer, replacing Kevin Nolan, with the former Premier League midfielder still remaining at the club as a player.

The club have former Town loan striker Ollie Palmer on their books, and he is partnered by former Arsenal striker Jay Simpson, who hit 25 goals for the club last campaign and is one of the most deadly strikers in the division.

Manager: Andy Hessenthaler
Stadium: Brisbane Road
Nickname: The O's
Finishing Position last season: 8th
Average Attendance last season: 5332
Distance from Blundell Park: 188.5 miles (3 hours 24 mins)
Last time:
17-Apr-06 A Leyton Orient D 0-0
22-Oct-05 H Leyton Orient W 1-0

Luton Town

Luton look set to be another of the contenders for promotion under boss Nathan Jones. 

The Hatters boss has signed the likes of Oxford pair Johnny Mullins and Danny Hylton, who were both promoted from the division last season and will be hoping that the wealth of experience in his squad can stand them in good stead this campaign. 

Manager: Nathan Jones
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Nickname: The Hatters
Finishing Position last season: 10th
Average Attendance last season: 8226
Distance from Blundell Park: 159 miles (3 hours 4 mins)
Last time:
12-Apr-13 A Luton Town D 1-1
29-Jan-13 H Luton Town W 3-0

Mansfield Town

Mansfield will renew acquaintances with Town this season after a number of memorable encounters over the years.

The Stags have been managed by Adam Murray since November 2014 and they will be looking to build on last season's top half finish.

Murray has added a number of young promising players to his squad so far this summer, as well as striker Pat Hoban, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Town.

Manager: Adam Murray
Stadium: Field Mill
Nickname: The Stags
Finishing Position last season: 12th
Average Attendance last season: 3439
Distance from Blundell Park: 83.8 miles (1 hours 37 mins)
Last time:
12-Mar-13 Mansfield Town L 2-0
27-Aug-12 H Mansfield Town W 4-1


Morecambe will be Town's first opponents of the new season, and long serving manager Jim Bentley will be hoping for a better season after the club flirted with relegation last campaign.

The bookies fancy the the Shrimps to be in another scrap at the bottom end of the table, but Bentley has always managed to consolidate his side in the division since taking charge in 2011. 

Manager: Jim Bentley

Stadium: The Globe Arena
Nickname: The Shrimps
Finishing Position last season: 21st
Average Attendance last season: 1572
Distance from Blundell Park: 165.7 miles (2 hour 58 mins)
Last time:
13-Mar-10 A Morecambe D 1-1
18-Dec-09 H Morecambe D 1-1

Newport County

Newport narrowly avoided relegation last season and they will hope to keep their heads above water once again this time around under manager Warren Feeney.

After only one win in their first 13 games last term, the Welsh side looked likely to be heading to the National League, but turned things around under John Sheridan and later former Northern Ireland international Feeney.

They still have former Town striker Lenell John-Lewis on their books after he left the club last summer.

Manager: Warren Feeney

Stadium: Rodney Parade
Nickname: The Exiles
Finishing Position last season: 22nd
Average Attendance last season: 2731
Distance from Blundell Park: 239.5 miles (4 hours)
Last time:
28-Apr-13 A Newport  L 0-1
24-Apr-13 H Newport L 0-1

Notts County

Notts County struggled to live up to expectations last season but in new manager John Sheridan, they have someone with a record of success at this level.

Sheridan's side had a transfer embargo lifted at the beginning of June, and the man that won the League Two title with Chesterfield four years ago has wasted no time in bringing in a number of established Football League players to bolster his outfit in defenders Carl Dickinson and Richard Duffy, midfielder Michael O'Connor and striker Jonathan Forte. 

Former Town winger Alex Rodman was also one of those that joined the club over the summer, whilst ex-Mariner Mike Edwards is also on the coaching staff at the Magpies.

Manager: John Sheridan

Stadium: Meadow Lane
Nickname: The Magpies
Finishing Position last season: 17th
Average Attendance last season: 4860
Distance from Blundell Park: 80.8 miles (1 hours 38 mins)
Last time:
17-Feb-10 A Notts County D 1-1
06-Feb-10 H Notts County L 0-1

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