League One Update: Exeter Lose Taylor, Burton Bolster Squad, Warne Wins First Game.

As the higher echelons of the footballing pyramid are getting ready for the winter break and the very first winter World Cup, League One is in its 4th Month already and shows no sign of slowing down.

With a complete fixture list on Saturday and four of the rearranged games (cancelled due to the passing of the Queen last month) taking place on Tuesday there is much to look into. Also with incomings still happening through free agents, teams can still be bolstering their squads going into the winter months, writes Samuel Rowson.

Exeter City lose their manager, and Burton bolster their squad after a vital win at the weekend. Plymouth leave it late to grab all three points against Wednesday. But we start with Derby, who won their first away game of the season in Paul Warne’s first game in charge at Cambridge.

 

Warne Wins First Game In Charge As Rams Beat U’s

Jack Diamond wheels away in celebration vs. Derby. Credit Graham Burrell

A James Collins double helped Derby County to their first three points on the road this season, against a strong Cambridge United side who are hard to beat at The Abbey. This result ended a run of four away games without scoring. A perfect start to the managerial role for the new arrival in Paul Warne, as he replaced the outgoing Liam Rosenior who left Derby two weeks ago. Warne came in from Championship side Rotherham after they were able to lure the highly praised manager away from South Yorkshire to the Derbyshire Club.

Derby were looking to carry on the good form from their last performance when they beat Wycombe at home. And they were gifted the opening goal just before the half time interval, when Cambridge United centre back Zeno Rossi seemed to trip over his own feet in an attempt to clear the ball. James Collins latched onto the loose ball and coolly slotted it past the helpless Mitov in goal. The second came in the second half after neat play between Collins and Bird resulted in time and space for the forward who finished from a tight angle. After closer inspection the keeper could have done better as it seemed to go straight through him at the near post. Derby won’t dwell on how they got the goals as it breaks their awayday duck and gets Warne off to a cracking start in League One.

Brewers Bolster Forward Ranks

Sorensen Celebrating vs Burton. Credit Graham Burrell

Burton Albion have brought in 22-year-old Bobby Kamwa on a free transfer in hopes of bolstering their forward options for the season. He has arrived on a short-term contract after impressing over the last few weeks while on trial with the Brewers. Kamwa has experienced a difficult start to his career after being on the books at Leeds United since he was 14 and only making appearances in last year’s Premier League 2, and with no first-team appearances, he was released at the end of the 2021/22 season.

His only first-team experience has come with Dunfermline Athletic, where he made seven appearances with no goals. So this contract will be great experience for the young striker who needs to make an impact at this level to kick start his career. However, after last weekend’s performance in which Victor Adeboyejo netted a hattrick against fellow strugglers Forest Green in a 3-2 win, finding first-team game time could be difficult. Still, there is always a need for strength in depth, and he could be a key player moving forward; only time will tell.

 

Matt Is Taylor Made For Millers

City at Rotherham – Courtesy of Graham Burrell

It has been confirmed that Matt Taylor has left Exeter City to join Rotherham United on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The ex-player in Taylor is regarded in high esteem at the Devon club, who are currently sitting pretty in 11th place in their first season back in League One in 10 years. Taylor has created a winning atmosphere and mentality at Exeter, and the hope is that he can continue that form at Rotherham, which currently sit 13th in the second tier.

Taylor signed as Manager in June 2018 following the departure of Paul Tisdale, this was a few months after Exeter missed out on promotion via the play-offs losing 3-1 to Coventry City at Wembley Stadium. Since his arrival, Exeter have been consistent League Two top 10 finishers culminating in last season’s 2nd place finish resulting in their promotion. With a win percentage of almost 44% over 227 games, he goes into his new tenure with a solid record behind him. Narrowly missing out on his 100th win on Saturday as Exeter manager as Bristol Rovers equalised in the 92nd minute with a Ryan Loft header in what was his last game in charge of the Grecians.

Argyle’s Last Minute Winner Stuns Owls

Inform Argyle Credit Graham Burrell

An early top-of-the-table clash saw Plymouth Argyle host Sheffield Wednesday, with both sides looking to carry on a good run of form to cement their place within the front runners. A game with so much at stake got off to a fast start with two goals within the first 10 minutes. Firstly an impressive diagonal Ryan Hardie finish had the league leaders ahead. However, Wednesday had other ideas and were quickly level. Bakinson sent Liam Palmer in on goal who confidently smashed the ball past the goalkeeper Cooper. That is Palmer’s 3rd goal of the season, in his most prolific season to date. These goals account for half of his total career goals, scoring 6 in 315 league appearances for the Sheffield side.

Great goalkeeping performances for both sides kept the score line at just 1-1 until the final moments of the game. A superb Ennis cross was met by Cosgrove, whose bullet header gave Plymouth all three points and as a result they remain top of the table. A huge early season blow for Wednesday as an away point at promotion rivals could only be seen as a positive, however they now return to Yorkshire empty-handed. They will look to quickly put this behind them on Saturday and get a positive result as they host Cheltenham Town at Hillsborough. Top-of-the-table Argyle host Accrington Stanley at Home Park.