Newport finally grabbed their first win of the season last Saturday – beating Carlisle 1-0 – but were knocked back down to earth on Tuesday with a 3-0 defeat to Crawley, leading to boss Terry Butcher losing his job after just 10 matches.
Former republic of Ireland midfielder John Sheridan is the new man in charge of the South Wales club and he will be hoping that the club’s fortunes turnaround from this weekend when they face Exeter, who are just five points off the top after ending Portsmouth’s unbeaten start with a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park on Tuesday.
Pompey will know that any more defeats could prove costly in a division where three points separate the top-five.
Yeovil visit Fratton Park this weekend – and the game is equally important to both sides given the Glovers’ precarious league position.
The West Country side lost 2-1 to Accrington on Tuesday, meaning they are now only above the drop zone on goal difference.
Stanley had a fantastic September, winning four and drawing one of their five league matches.
John Coleman, who won Shoot’s Manager of the Month Award, this week sees his side, who sit fourth in the table, host sixth placed Oxford United.
At the top of the table, Wycombe sit a point clear of Plymouth thanks to two vital wins in the last week, firstly disposing of Exeter, and then, on Tuesday night, beating Cambridge 1-0 to keep their fantastic start of the season going.
Their opponents for this weekend, Northampton, have drawn their last two – a 1-1 draw with Wimbledon being their most recent result –and they sit 10th.
Three straight defeats for Stevenage has left them only two points from the bottom two – the most recent of which was a 2-0 defeat to Mansfield at the Lamex Stadium.
This weekend Teddy Sheringham’s side face Carlisle, and depending on other results, they could end the weekend in the relegation zone.
Carlisle beat Leyton Orient on Tuesday 2-1 away from home, and it could well be another cheerful trip back to Cumbria this Saturday evening if the result is repeated.
Accrington v Oxford Utd
Wimbledon v Barnet
Dag & Red v Mansfield
Hartlepool v Luton
Leyton Orient v Notts County
Morecambe v Bristol Rovers
Newport v Exeter
Plymouth v Crawley
Portsmouth v Yeovil
Stevenage v Carlisle
Wycombe v Northampton
York v Cambridge