LEAGUE 2 Regional teams' opening games

Exeter City kick off the 2018/19 English Football League Two season at home to Carlisle United on Saturday August 4 at St James Park.

City and United will both be under new management when the new season kicks off.

Ex City central defender Matt Taylor has replaced Paul Tisdale at Exeter while former Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan is the new man in charge at Carlisle, who make the league’s longest journey on the opening day of the season, 347 miles.

City, who finished fourth last season, will be aiming for automatic promotion following back to back Wembley play-off final defeats.

Carlisle finished 10th last term, resulting in the departure of Bristol-born former Torquay boss Keith Curle.

Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town – 17th last term - start the new season at home to Crawley Town while Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers start with a trek to Grimsby.

Cheltenham visit Mark Cooper’s Rovers on October 20 and play their final game of 2018 at home to Forest Green on Saturday December 29.

Former Cheltenham boss Mark Yates brings National League champions Macclesfield to Town on Saturday January 26.

Yates first test of the new season will be at the County Ground, Swindon, where manager Phil Brown has just signed a new two-year deal after becoming boss in March.

Swindon finished ninth in League Two last term but will be among the promotion favourites this season, especially with highly experienced Brown at the helm.

Mike Flynn’s Newport County start and finish their season away. County who finished a creditable 11th last term kick off at Mansfield and conclude the regular league two season at Morecambe on Saturday May 4.

County’s first home league game is against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday August 11.

Darren Way’s Yeovil Town begin preparations for their televised home League Cup tie against Aston Villa on Tuesday August 14 with a League Two game against Mansfield at Huish Park on Saturday August 11.
Yeovil host two big regional Saturday games early in the season, with a visit from Swindon on September 22 and Exeter on October 6.

Way’s Yeovil finished 19th last season. The Glovers start the new season with a trip to Ryan Lowe’s Bury, who finished bottom of League One with 36 points and just eight league wins.

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