Tales from not-the Top Flight

Shrewsbury – whichever way you pronounce it – are arguably the story of the football league this season as their completely out of the blue unbeaten run continued this weekend. The Shrews were hardly fancied at the start of the season but twelve games into the season they sit atop of League One with 30 points. Not only that but they still have not registered a defeat this season – the only team in the EFL not to do so. This weekend they secured a draw with rivals Walsall which sees them stay at the top of League One. Recently relegated and very much fancied Wigan Athletic are snapping at their heels though as they secured a 2-1 victory away from home at Scunthorpe. The prize (questionable) of promotion to the Championship is certainly hotting up.

Down the other end of the table and Northampton are in awful form. They brought in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to steady the ship – and while on paper this looked like a decent appointment it has not exactly gone to plan and this culminated at the weekend with a 6-0 loss at home to Bristol Rovers. For Northampton, it has been downhill since manager Chris Wilder – who secured them promotion to League One – left for Sheffield United. Town just about managed to stay up last season but with financial difficulties and a seemingly endless reel of managers, it is certainly a difficult time to support Northampton.

There is a League below League One you’ll be pleased to hear and League Two has been delivering excitement this season. We’re heading to Mansfield first and manager Steve Evans – always good for a quote or nine – has been piping up about the Mansfield fans this weekend. His side lost 2-0 to Colchester and while this still leaves Mansfield just outside the Play Offs the fans booed the players off and big Steve was not too happy about it.

Exeter City- whose manager Paul Tisdale is the second longest serving in the country by the way – has continued his side’s winning start to the season as they won 1-0 against Carlisle, which is a ludicrously long away day come to think of it. Notts County – managed by that Kevin Nolan – are stuttering though, managing just a draw at the weekend.

The form table makes grim reading for Forest Green Rovers, Chesterfield and Port Vale fans as each side has only managed a single win from twelve this season. Only two teams get relegated from League Two but already fans will be getting nervous they will be watching Non-League football next season.